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The Jack Thompson Foundation Way

The 'Jack Thompson Foundation Way' is a two-way concept, the "Living ground” and “Two-way learning” the use of these concepts in all we do ensures respect and preservation of cultural values, both in the project community and in the country as a whole.

- Two-Way Learning
- Discovering our common humanity
- Living & Learning together
- Respecting and Learning the Aboriginal way
- Individual respect
- Respect for law
- Respect elders
- Respect for family
- Our knowledge has to be relevant
- Our knowledge has to be presented to fit into an Aboriginal worldview
- Our knowledge has to fit into their belief systems

The Living Ground

The ‘Living Ground’, is key to culturally appropriate work and ongoing employment outcomes. The ‘Living Ground’, is the local resources that are available ‘On Country”, that can be used in construction of building, Aquaponics Systems etc, this could be trees for timber dwellings, sand and clay for rammed earth, Stone etc.

The ‘Living Ground’ has sustained the local Indigenous populations for over 40,000 years.

The Foundation ensures success of the projects it facilitates by following these guidelines and encouraging local aboriginal people to have ownership of their own projects.  

Homelands Building Program

Garrathiya Station Parolees Ablution Block completed 2008

“they gathered from the living ground” is a simple line from a poem that has been etched into Jack's memory for many years.

The poem, “The Conqueror” by John Thompson (1907-1968) Jacks father, was the trigger when John Mofflin approached Jack for support for a project where-by indigenous communities in the homelands could again turn to the “living ground” to provide for their shelter.

In general terms the Homelands Building Program is the means to teach indigenous Australians, how to build their own houses in their Homelands, using the "living ground". The "living ground" are the natural resources available to the people of the Homelands: materials and resources available in their own country such as trees, rock, sand and soil.

The Jack Thompson Foundation work in collaboration with Indigenous communities by their request and instigation. The Homelands Building Program incorporates community collaborative design and requirements and all structures are built according to location specific and residents requirements.

The Homelands Building Program comprises a combination of trained community volunteers and participating trainees, guided by the Jack Thompson Foundation Project Officers and Volunteer Master Builders, with technical assistance from volunteer Engineers and Architects.

Garrathiya Station Parolees Ablution Block completed 2008

Building timber frame for Kitchen at G

 
















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