Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA comes from North East Arnhem Land. He is a member of the the Liya – Dhaḻinymirr clan, of the Djambarrpuyŋu Tribe, which is part of Yolngu Nation. In 2016 he was elected as the Member for Nhulunbuy. Based in Milingimbi he travels extensively throughout his electorate working with his constituents.
Among his people he has the title Djirrikaymirr (judge) and he is an authority on the Yolngu traditional system of law called Madayin. His tribe is one of a number of groups responsible for the oversight of the Indigenouscentral governance institution of Ŋarra. Madayin law and the Ŋarra have maintained peace, justice and harmony in East Arnhem Land for millennia although ongoing interventions threaten and destabilise Yolngu culture. Protecting Yolngu culture and local governance is Yingiya’s driving force.
Prior to his current role he has worked as a senior lecturer in Yolngu studies at Charles Darwin University and as a support worker with the Northern Regional Council of Congress and is an experienced Indigenous language interpreter.
He was the first Yolngu person to gain his pilot license and prior to this, trained as an aircraft mechanic.
Further details on Yingiya's keynote presentation coming soon.