Max Dulumunmun Harrison
‘Uncle Max’ Dulumunmun Harrison is a highly respected & initiated Yuin Man. He grew up amongst a close knit Community on the South Coast of NSW. There he and other young men were selected by Elders for initiation into traditional ways.
As a young adult, he felt challenged by the marginalisation of his people and by the disconnection to traditional Culture he witnessed. In response Uncle Max embarked on his life’s work: a promise to hold & protect his Culture, ensuring the survival of traditional ways, and the foundation of Culture. In the process, he has created a rare opportunity for us all. To truly hear, understand and respect the Culture and traditional ways of the First Nation’s people of this land.
Uncle Max ‘s work within the justice system remains inspirational as it includes a success based Cultural process respected and supported by the NSW court system.
In sharing his traditional wisdom, Uncle Max draws his teachings from three key truths:
“See the land – it’s beauty. Hear the land – it’s story. Feel the land – it’s spirit.”
Uncle also chose the name TCP for our organisation.
Gayili Marika Yunupingu
Is a Gumatj clan Elder of North East Arnhem Land N.T. Born on the shores of Melville Bay at the Galupa Community a Culturally significant traditional lore safe haven for numerous clan groups in the area.
Gayili is regarded as a traditional healer by her Community and is a prominent suicide prevention campaigner credited for reducing the rate of suicide in her Community from the worst in the world to zero.
In 2015 Gayili was made a board member of the Federal Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group she is also the driving force behind Wesley Mission’s One Life program which has now reached more than 70 communities around the nation.
In 2017 Gayili was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards, for her work in suicide prevention.
My Grandfather Raymond Appo (Sugar Ray) was a proud Bundjalung Man, the same with my Father (Robert to this day), both strong Community and Cultural Men. They have inspired me greatly.
The focus of my work is Traditional Birthing, supporting First Nations Women birth their Babies. With this comes strong Cultural practices and protocols part of the fabric of good mental and spiritual health not only for the Women but also for the Communities they belong to. Cultural Women’s business is something I am proud to be a part of.
Bunjalung Country is part of the Northern Rivers and coastal areas of NSW
Andrew is a founder and financier of developing the Tyalgum Energy Project which represents the first off grid town in Australia. Andrew took a simple vision to create a sustainable village and future for the residents of Tyalgum NSW and take positive action to inspire government and Communities across the Country to do the same.
As a Cultural and Environmental philanthropist he travels often in remote parts of the Country and works hands on along side First Nation leaders building Community programs that are Culturally safe and focused on strengthening the mind set of Indigenous Youth. .
He has four children three are direct descendants of the Wiradjuri people of NSW.
Peter grew up with close Family and Cultural ties to the clan groups of North East Arnhem Land NT.
He has travelled the Country for close to three decades, working in and documenting Community led Cultural health initiatives with a focus on shifting philanthropic support to Community owned and operated healing programs
In 2014 Peter photographed, recorded and produced “The Elders Report into Preventing Indigenous Self Harm & Youth Suicide”. And during this time began Culture is Life an organisation dedicated to Community led support for at risk Indigenous Youth.
As an author he has written and recorded numerous books on traditional Cultural life and the Australian Environment. And is published by Pan Macmillan, Hardie Grant, Cambridge University press and more. Some of his titles include Yolngu Mali (Aboriginal Spirit), Elders Wisdom from Australian Indigenous Leaders, Fire & the Story of Burning Country and My People’s Dreaming.