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Caring for Everything and Everyone

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Danjoo Koorliny is a complex concept to translate from Noongar into English. One translation could be ‘going together to the future’, or it could be simply translated as ‘walking together’.
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Dr Noel Nannup OAM

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Emeritus Professor 
Colleen Hayward AM

Danjoo Koorliny is a large-scale, long-term, systems-change movement designed and led by Aboriginal people to help us all walk together towards 2029 (200 years of colonisation in Perth), and beyond.
Our initiative, established in 2019, focuses on improving the relationship between Aboriginal and

non-Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

We promote understanding, reconciliation and respect between our communities.
Danjoo Koorliny engages in activities such as community events, workshops, cultural exchanges,

on-country experiences and education programs, fostering a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture, heritage and history. We create opportunities for dialogue, storytelling and sharing knowledge between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to build stronger relationships and promote reconciliation.

By elevating Aboriginal culture Danjoo Koorliny will create a better future for everyone. Across our four recognised pillars of environment, social, economic and culture, fundamental change is needed. The time is right to drive significant change for future generations.


The leaders of Danjoo Koorliny are Dr Noel Nannup OAM, Dr Richard Walley OAM, Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM & Carol Innes AM.

Our Ambassadors are The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Janet Holmes à Court AC, Professor Fiona Stanley AC & Professor Stephen Hopper AC.

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Dr Richard Walley OAM

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Carol Innes AM

Danjoo Koorliny is a vision. It’s our Djinda - our collective star to guide us towards 2029. It is the values that we embody. 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 is belonging to no organisation but hovers above us and aligns us so that we can care for everything.

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(the four pillars of respect-tolerance, acceptance, dialogue and collaboration)


  • 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

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  • Acknowledge Country and the Whadjuk Noongar People.

  • 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.



Supporting individuals, families and communities to live with a sense of social wellbeing, by reversing the effects of systemic racism, historical injustice and intergenerational trauma.


Uplifting Aboriginal land-management practises, to support the restoration of degraded lands and waterways, whilst teaching communities about their responsibility to ‘care for everything’.


Reinvigorating Aboriginal led arts and cultural events in our communities, to cultivate social harmony and belonging, building on the resilience demonstrated by Aboriginal people.


Creating economic independence for Aboriginal peoples, by supporting Aboriginal businesses and the Aboriginal economy, increasing employment opportunities, and building Aboriginal incomes and wealth.

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My sister once said to me... All we need to do is to have a piece of the path to the future. And that’s ours, and we polish that and we hone that, and we place that in the pathway that we are building... As we build that pathway, it changes us as the builders of the path, and it also shapes the destination that we are going to.

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We are on a journey. It’s a big journey. And what we hope happens in these conversations as we move forward is that they can become even more high level and more strategic because more people who are travelling with us have a greater degree of knowledge.

Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Dr Noel Nannup OAM

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Everything is based on codes.

Dr Richard Walley OAM

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Nothing like this has ever happened before. This is the thing that can hold Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together.

Carol Innes AM


We have a vision set for the next 10 years, and that is to care for everything.

Dr Noel Nannup OAM


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