Guthoo (We are one): Kalgoorlie Youth Project Stages 2 and 3

Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, J Tucker, R Leslie, M Redman, Rebecca Cunneen, David Lawrence, D Lynch, G Cooper, M Leslie, M Merideth, P Tucker, P Trainer

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Guthoo is a Wongutha term meaining one or we are one. Guthoo is an Aboriginal community participatory action research project conducted in rural Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

The untimely death of an Aboriginal yougn person sparked a reaction by the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities of Kalgoorlie-Boulder which has resulted in the Guthoo project being initiated. Our prparatory research showed that Aboriginal youth in Kalgoorlie-Boulder feel unsafe, bored, unheard, with little or no opportunities for employment, difficulties remaining at school and lack of activities to fulfil their time. Armed with this knowledge, our team investigated the perceptions and experiences of Aboriginal youth in a community workshop ably supported by community identified Kinship Champions and led by a local, prominent Aboriginal artist. We used art therapy in small groups to ascertain young Aboriginal people's perceptions and experiences of what life in kalgoorlie-Boulder is like now; what life should be like in the future; what youth need to have the life they want for the future; and the barriers and protective factors for access to current services. The outcome is an innovative survey designed using the concepts uncovered in the aurt therapy workshops which were piloted in Stage 2a of the Guthoo project and then replicated in a full-scale study for Stage 2b. This innovative, community led project was funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherKoya Aboriginal Corporation
Commissioning bodyDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Number of pages162
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2018


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