Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
- The Miriam Rose Foundation was established in 2013 by Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO). It is a not-for-profit organisation working to empower Indigenous youth through education, art, culture and opportunity.
- The $10,000 funding given to the MRF will allow them to develop organisational infrastructure including policies and procedures to guide and protect the organisation to ensure its longevity, sustainability, and success.
- Funding is for the 2017/18 financial year through programme 2.4 Culture and Capability of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, are pleased to announce that the Miriam Rose Foundation will receive a grant of $10,000 to help it transition from an NGO into incorporation as part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to strengthen organisational governance.
“The work of the Miriam Rose Foundation is a perfect example of how the tireless efforts of a small group of committed and passionate people can impact so many,” Minister Scullion said.
Established in 2013 by Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, the Miriam Rose Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works to empower Indigenous youth across Australia to ‘walk in two worlds’ – Aboriginal culture and mainstream Western culture – by creating opportunities to learn from Elders through education, art and experience.
Dr Ungunmerr’s moving reflection on inner deep listening and quiet still awareness – Dadirri – has been an inspiration for many and underpins the Foundation’s approach to sharing the stories and culture of the Nauiyu Aboriginal Community.
Ms Price said this funding, announced with the Nauiyu Daly River Arts & Music Festival on this weekend, will make a huge difference to this small organisation.
“It will help guide and protect the Foundation and ensure its longevity, sustainability and success.
“Building capability and culture in the Indigenous community is a key pillar of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. By taking a staged approach to this transition, we are supporting Foundations members to have the confidence and skills to move from advisory roles to management roles.
“I couldn’t be more excited to see what the Miriam Rose Foundation achieves in the future as an incorporation as it continues to have major impacts on Indigenous culture both locally in the NT and across Australia,” Ms Price said.
Minister Scullion said, “The Miriam Rose Foundation is one of numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations across the country who are choosing to incorporate under the CATSI Act, in recognition of the benefits ORIC provides and the certainty that incorporation provides to Government agencies looking to provide funding for community service delivery.