• Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre


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Mission Statement

Indigenous Corporation Number (Australia): 3441

Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre was established by our Women Elders to support them to pass their Law (philosophy/spirituality) and cultural (customary) knowledge onto their younger generations so that they may be strong, resilient and empowered. Kapululangu is our Women Elders' strategy in response to the historical and cultural trauma that our younger generations experience as a result of 70 years of cultural influence by Kartiya (Whitefella/Stranger) society. Our Elders were born and grew up in the desert before their first contact with Kartiya and thus are trained in the Kururralka Yiwarra (Old Ways). Our Elders believe that the core solution to their peoples' social problems is pride in their Aboriginality. They say that Law and Culture are the glue that builds a strong foundation upon which the bricks of education, housing, medicine etc are laid. But that without the glue of Law and Culture all the bricks keep falling down (i.e. continuously fail).


Kapululangu is one of Australia's most remote women's centre and a core provider of Aboriginal Law and Culture training for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women and girls from across Australia and around the World.

Kapululangu operates through an Indigenous-initiated program called the "Circles of Cultural Learning". This is a whole-of-community, whole-of-life cultural teaching program which centralises the Women Elders and has them teaching into all age groups of Women and Children. They also support the Male Elders with their Law and Culture Work with Men and Post-Pubescent Boys.

Kapululangu runs the Women's Law House (residential aged care support for Women Elders), with its leading program being "Right to Live in Country, Right to die in Country". Also Safe House for Women and Children at risk.

Cultural activities include: annual week-long Women's Law Camp, annual Dreaming Track Trip, and day Trips to Country. Teaching Culture at the local school, and Young Women's Sleepover at Women's Centre. And providing Kukatja Language and Cultural Induction lessons for our community's non-Indigenous agency staff.

Also "Marlpa (Companion) Volunteer program - an opportunity for Non-Indigenous women to visit our community as volunteer Companion and Carers of the Elders for one to three months stay.

It is located on the edge of Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert. Kapululangu is registered in Australia as an Indigenous Corporation, a Charity with Public Benevolent Institution status, and a Deductible Gift Recipient (tax deductible).



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