The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation’s vision is to create greater opportunities for remote Indigenous young people to realise their full potential and contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities.
The role of the Foundation is to identify, support and resource the development of arts and cultural programs that enable remote Indigenous young people to contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities.
The Foundation strongly believes that change can be achieved through adherence to key principles as points of difference from much current service delivery. Programs must:
- be community devised and driven, with long term planning and longevity always the goal
- value the importance of community languages, the inherent cultural knowledge they embrace, and celebrate their use.
- employ Indigenous artists and trainers, especially from the local communities involved in the program, alongside guest/visiting artists, specialists and trainers
- ensure that guest program leaders have appropriate cross-cultural awareness and knowledge and the support of local language speakers on the ground
- build community capacity to continue activities so skills remain in the community and can ultimately lower the cost of delivery in remote locations