The Yothu Yindi Foundation was established in 1990 to promote Yolngu cultural development with community leaders and persons of authority from five regional clan groups:

  • Gumatj
  • Rirratjingu
  • Djapu
  • Galpu
  • Wangurri

The mission of the YYF is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of well-being and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.

The phrase ‘Yothu Yindi’ refers to the child-mother relationship, which has a special place in the Yolngu world, one which symbolises balance and harmony.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable public benevolent institution, with an all Yolngu Board of Directors, and offices in northeast Arnhem Land and Darwin.

All revenues go toward the infrastructure and delivery of our education, cultural, health, arts, advocacy and economic programs.