“Whatever Waltja does, culture is in the centre of what we do and we hold that strong.” Statement from Waltja Directors’ Meeting, Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, NT, May 2014.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) is an Aboriginal controlled community-based organisation, which does good work with families, grounded in strong culture and relationships. We work in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and across more than one quarter of the Northern Territory. Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi is in the Luritja language. It literally means “families, for everybody, really good together”, or the short version, “doing good work with families”. Waltja is governed by a Board of Directors who are senior traditional Aboriginal women, permanent residents and leaders in the remote communities where we work.
“In Waltja, everyone works well together, keeping Waltja strong and friendly – Directors, workers and community. Waltja is home. One family” April Martin, Chairperson.
Waltja is based in Alice Springs and works with remote Aboriginal communities across the vast Central Desert region. Many different languages are spoken in this region, including:- Luritja, Alyawarr, Warlpiri, Central and Eastern and Southern Arrernte, Anmatyerr, Pintupi, Pintupi Luritja, Western Arrarnta, Pitjantjatjara, Kukatja, Kaytetye and Walmajarri.