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Moorditj Koorlong: Swan Indigenous Youth Social Inclusion Project

The aim of the Swan Indigenous Youth Social Inclusion Project is to deliver reliable, valid and credible preliminary baseline (emic- from an Indigenous point of view) data about what contributes to the social inclusion, community engagement, employment, training and career development of Indigenous young people in the ages 15-24 in Midland and surrounding suburbs.
The findings of the research are particularly significant for the City of Swan region, as it is the service, employment and education catchment of one of the largest populations of Aboriginal people and one of the fastest growing Aboriginal youth populations in Australia. This is the first type of research of its kind conducted by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal people.  The research team have learned many new strategies and skills that have been required to successfully develop a research project of this type. The most important outcome from this research was that in order to develop and sustain the participation of Aboriginal youth in meaningful opportunities for employment, training, careers and leadership, then the processes must be culturally secure and must adhere to the local Aboriginal communication protocols.  More specifically, the local Aboriginal community must be involved in all decisions and at all levels so that they have a sense of ownership and sense of responsibility for the outcomes.  The recommendations show that the process and structures that are required must: (a) be based on a community development model, (b) be family centred, (c) have a relationship based approach and, (d) be resourced appropriately.

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