Walking Together Project
Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond is a bold, long-term, large-scale, Aboriginal-led project to help all of us - be it in Western Australia, the rest of Australia, or around the world - walk together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to co-create a better future for all.
The first milestone on this road is 2029 (200 years of colonisation in Perth), but the project will go far beyond WA’s bicentenary. As Noongar Elder Noel Nannup said, “Our focus is on 2029 at this stage. However, we have the potential to go way beyond that because this is about being a person - a human being”.
“We have our vision set for the next 10 years,
and that is to care for everything.”
Dr Noel Nannup OAM
Danjoo Koorliny is a complex concept to translate from Noongar into English. One translation could be 'going together to the future' or 'moving together', or it could be simply translated as ‘walking together’.
The ‘ny’ at the end of Danjoo Koorliny is pronounced like the 'n' in onion.
Danjoo Koorliny is a vision. It’s our djinda - our collective star - to guide us towards 2029 and far beyond. It is the values that we embody. It’s the way we get there, and the principles we work with. It’s the sum of our collective actions that take us to where we need to be in order to create a 2029 we can all be proud of. It belongs to no organisation but hovers above all of us, and aligns us so that we can care for everything.
(the four pillars of respect-tolerance, acceptance, dialogue and collaboration)
EARN DEEP TRUST
GOING TOGETHER TO THE FUTURE
• Aboriginal-led and strongly supported by everyone else
• Open mind, kind hearts and strong spirits
• Never underestimate the power of the spirit
• Shared through story, song, dance and art
• No one is left behind - everyone can be part of this journey
• Take responsibility for the change we want to see
• Trust is built through listening and acting with integrity
• Co-designing our way forward
• Love and friendship
• Aligning to care for everything
• Cultural governance
• Constantly linking through dialogue and action
• Create what we want to see in 2029 now
• Aboriginal-led to ensure better outcomes for everyone
*Please note these are in development and evolving as we walk together to the future
• Acknowledge Country and the Whadjuk Noongar
• Respect for everything.
• This journey is led by Aboriginal knowledge and practices and we acknowledge the system of harmony these created for people living in this place for tens of thousands of years.
• Dah-ni! (deep listening/meditation).
• Follow energy not time.
• Always strengthen the collective.
• Acknowledge different ways of knowing, being and doing.
• Knowledge shared within the context of this workshop remains the property of those who have shared it.
• Knowledge is responsibility not power.
• We are all unlearning and learning. The process is likely to bring up all kinds of emotions. Take care of each other.
• Everyone is invited on this journey and they are free to join.