ELP is currently supporting two microenterprise projects focused on sharing traditional skills with younger generations to enable people to stay connected to country and to keep culture strong. This work is being driven by the knowledge that strong cultural identity is fundamental to indigenous health and social and emotional well-being, and the community views this as a powerful suicide prevention tool.
ELP has been successful in attracting funds to enable the community to co-design and plan a series of on country skill development camps and workshops across 2017 to move towards progressing these aspirations.
The next step following the skill development camps and workshops is to secure funding for a targeted ‘product development’ project to link cultural enterprise activities to commercial opportunities. This will involve:
The people of Kalumburu have expressed to ELP their desire to be in control of their own economic pathways and futures. They are also aware that keeping culture strong is critical to the health and wellbeing of their community. Being on country together and exploring cultural enterprise opportunities will enable stories to be shared and language and cultural knowledge transmitted across generations. By supporting people to bring their unique products to market, a sustainable model for supporting ongoing intergenerational cultural connectivity in Kalumburu can be fostered. This will form part of a larger strategy to use culture and the arts to strengthen the Kalumburu community and be a vehicle to express their unique culture. This will ultimately provide an exposure to an alternate pathway to support economic independence and economic agency.