Any individual, business, government agency, or other organisation that has already negotiated, or is hoping to negotiate, terms for a business relationship with Ngarrindjeri must complete a Yannarumi self-assessment. Completion of a Yannarumi self-assessment can lead to organisations being recognised as “Ngarrindjeri certified” following the assessment process.
What is Yannarumi?
Yannarumi means ‘Speaking as Country’ in the Ngarrindjeri language. Ngarrindjeri people are inherently connected to Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar – the lands, waters and all living things. Ngarrindjeri know that the lands and waters are a living body and must be healthy for Ngarrindjeri people to be healthy.
Ngarrindjeri are the traditional owners of Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe (Sea Country) and are recognised as such by the South Australian Government through a Kungun Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Agreement (Listen to what Ngarrindjeri have to say), which honours Ngarrindjeri ancestors and supports the strength and commitment of current Ngarrindjeri leaders to secure a new healthy future for Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar.
Why complete a Yannarumi self-assessment?
Ngarrindjeri wish to economically develop and empower their community. To do this, the Ngarrindjeri must engage with non-Indigenous businesses and people. It is important for Ngarrindjeri that any potential business relationships or partnerships adhere to and respect Ngarrindjeri laws and traditions.
The Yannarumi self-assessment is designed to identify the motivations and capability of non-Indigenous organisations to respectfully, meaningfully, and appropriately work with Ngarrindjeri. The self-assessment consists of a questionnaire, reading material, and a verbal debrief regarding proposed partnerships.
A successful Yannarumi self-assessment will set the foundation for a new and just relationship between Ngarrindjeri and non-Indigenous individuals and organisations.