The Walkatjurra Ranger Program aims to create opportunity for Aboriginal people to return to country, improve social and physical wellbeing, obtain accredited training, develop opportunities for obtaining a meaningful livelihood through cultural activities on country and the development of a local Aboriginal community based environmental and heritage management systems.
The objectives of the Walkatjurra Ranger Program are to:
- Increase the ability of Aboriginal people in the Region to interact with and manage their heritage and environmental assets
- Develop leadership in Aboriginal people, through increased informed decision making in heritage and environmental asset management
- Provide meaningful livelihood opportunities for Aboriginal people through cultural activities on country
Generate partnerships between local communities and resource industry, Government, and professional organizations
- Contribute to the development of a new paradigm in heritage management for the Region
- Lift the profile of Aboriginal people within the Region through strategic training and employment opportunities
The Walkatjurra Rangers have guided the Walkatjurra Walkabout for nearly three years now. Walking for country is a traditional cultural responsibility to reconnect people with land and culture. The Walkatjurra Walkabout is a pilgrimage across Wangkatja country in the spirit of our ancestors so together, we as present custodians, can protect our land and our culture for future generations.
We guide anti-nuclear activists on thier annual protest march from Yelirrie to Leonora and share our culture and knowledge of places, people and spirit.
The walking for Country activity will be expanded to include taking people on speciality tours through our country.