The Kimberley Aboriginal Caring for Culture Project is part of Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) ’s effort to improve resource distribution, foster a collaborative approach between Aboriginal stakeholder organisations and the Government, and address the broader impact of intergenerational trauma and suicide that overwhelmingly grips our region.

Key Findings:

  • The WA Government has failed to adequately respond to recommendations made by previous inquiries for more than 15 years, which has contributed to the current poor state of the wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia, in particular to the crisis levels of Aboriginal youth suicide.
  • It is KALACC's mission to assist State and Federal Governments to invest in culturally-embedded strategies and practices, which evidence proves actually work to reduce Aboriginal suicide.
  • There is increasing evidence that culturally-based programs have the greatest impact in preventing suicide; however, the WA Government has demonstrated reluctance in funding programs of this nature.
  • KALACC haslong advocated for change. This hasincluded writing to previous WA State Coroner Alistair Hope regarding the 11 people who took their lives in Fitzroy Crossing in 2006, which instigated the subsequent 2008 inquest into a total of 22 youth suicides across the Kimberley.
  • Fundamental to the success of any efforts will be the respect, recognition and unwavering support from Government at all levels of our four underlying cultural principles, as previously identified:
    • Connection to Country must be maintained
    • Country, Culture and Language are inseparable
    • Aboriginal advancement and wellbeing can only be achieved through Aboriginal empowerment and self-determination
    • Senior People have the authority and are the Knowledge Holders

To heal our people, we must heal our families. To heal our families, we must heal our communities. Culture is the key.

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