MÄRR’MA ROM RRAMBAŊI DJÄMA
Märr’ma Rom Rrambaŋi Djäma
(Two Laws Working Together) campaign
Bilata was successful in obtaining a grant from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust (PPT) to conduct a regional and remote strategy. As part of that regional and remote strategy the Bilata Road Show was conducted which went from Darwin to Alice Springs, however the road show wasn’t able to go wider and in the North East Arnhem Land region. Therefore, the aim of this campaign is to encourage more Yolngu people across the Arnhem Land region to aspire to study law.
As the focus of this campaign was to give opportunities for the Yolngu people of the North East Arnhem Land to think about their future and to aspire to study law, Marrma Rom Rrambangi Djäma campaign (the campaign) was developed to meet its needs.
In order for this campaign to work, a series of strong messages were developed by speaking to Yolngu elders and community members to help Yolngu people understand the law in both worlds; Yolngu and non-Indigenous people (Balanda). With those messages which have been corrected and approved by the elders and community members, the campaign aimed at coming up with different ways to deliver those messages to help Yolngu people understand the purpose of the campaign and what the aims are for the campaign.
On 24th November 2017 Nhulunbuy was the first place to visit and introduce the campaign to the Yolngu people. Galiwinku was then the next area focused to introduce the campaign, where various positive feedback was said about the campaign and how this campaign is great for the community, especially the future of the young generations.
Kenisha will continue to drive this program and connect and encourage Yolngu to the activities of the Bilata program and pathways to law.
Kenisha Gumbula (Mili) is a Yolngu woman from a remote community located in the north-east of Arnhem Land, Galiwinku, Elcho Island. Kenisha is currently working under the Bilata Legal Pathways Program on a yolngu-focused campaign which aims to encourage more Yolngu people to aspire to study law. She is also studying the Associate Degree in Legal Studies at the Charles Darwin University. Kenisha graduated Year 12 at a boarding school in Sydney and now lives in Darwin.