Kurdiji Law and Justice Group

The Kurdiji Law and Justice Group have been instrumental in bringing Indigenous cultural law and decision-making to the justice system, within a very remote NT community. There are important kinship systems and connections that should be considered in law decisions and in the post-prison integration back to community. They have too often witnessed the dire challenges of people returning to community after prison, and how it affects relationships within community. All too often people are not welcomed back adequately, nor given the mental and emotional safe space to reintegrate. Members of the Kurdiji group will also discuss their recent journey to Incorporation, and why this is important to empowering their own decision-making and vision planning within community.

Lamun Japananka Tasman

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Indigenous Engagement Officer,

Lamun lives in Lajamanu, approx. 900 kms from Darwin. He is a Warlpiri man. His family is strong in Indigenous culture and in learning kardiya (non-Indigenous) ways. He holds a leadership role within the community. Lamun is the Indigenous Engagement Officer, working for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for nearly 10 years.

Steven Wanta Jampijimpa Pawu Kurlpurlunu



Wanta and Lamun live in Lajamanu, approx. 900 kms from Darwin. They are Warlpiri men. Their families are strong in Indigenous culture and in learning kardiya (non-Indigenous) ways. They both have leadership roles within the community. Lamun is the Indigenous Engagement Officer, working for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for nearly 10 years. Wanta is the Creative Director of Milpirri, to produce a bi-annual music festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture.