Posted to the Ethnos Project by on August 24th, 2013

What is ARDS? ARDS is an Indigenous capacity building organisation committed to stand with and empower the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. The Yolngu world view and language is central to our way of working.

What do we do? ARDS builds capacity in the areas of health, economic, legal, social and governance systems.

We do this through:

  • “discovery education” to increase mutual knowledge and understanding
  • creation of opportunities to access mainstream services
  • influencing policy making in terms of legislation
  • providing expertise for the development and implementation of culturally competent services
  • facilitating communication between Yolngu and government or government and Yolngu
  • mediation
  • advocacy

All of this is provided within a community development framework.

Our tools

Capacity building is delivered in a number of ways including:

  • face to face discovery education with individuals and small groups
  • Yolngu Radio service
  • DVDs and electronic media
  • website and e-learning
  • publications and educational resources
  • seminars

What do we want to achieve?

To enable our membership to:

  • regain mastery over their lives and living environment
  • retain their cultural uniqueness
  • overcome social, academic and economic exclusion and disadvantage
  • restore their life expectancy to equal that of wider Australia
  • rebuild hope, pride and purpose
  • be valued as citizens of Australia

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