Gumatj Senior Man, Leader & Activist
It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of Yunupingu—Gumatj Senior man and prominent leader and activist for the rights of Yolŋu people.
Yunupingu’s leadership in driving the National Agenda on Indigenous Affairs continues through the Yothu Yindi Foundation and Garma Festival, where opportunities for debate and discussions are had around important issues impacting the health and wellbeing of Yolŋu peoples across the region. His legacy also includes the highly successful Gumatj Corporation, which has commercial interests in the building, mining, timber milling, manufacturing, and construction industries, to name a few.
Yunupingu’s advocacy and vision paved the way for the practical implementation of self-determination and community control. This ultimately led to the creation of community controlled and Yolŋu powered organisations across East Arnhem Land. We acknowledge the profound impact his passing will have, not only the Gunyaŋara community, but on the whole nation.
The MHAC Board, CEO and staff pass on their condolences to Yunupingu’s family and the Gunyaŋara community.