Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) is an Aboriginal organisation incorporated under the Northern Territory Associations Act, and the community development arm of the Northern Regional Council of Congress (NRCC). The NRCC is the Aboriginal and Islander Presbytery of the Northern Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Executive of ARDS comprises Aboriginal representatives from the following regions; East Arnhem Land, West Arnhem Land, Mowanjum – Western Australia, Darwin, and the Pitjantjatjara areas of South Australia/Northern Territory. This body sets policy and directs the work of ARDS through its officers and Chairman, Mr Maratja Dhamarrandji.
NRCC meets once a year as a full Council with representatives coming from approximately 25 Aboriginal communities and homeland centres, and at this time the goals and plans of ARDS are discussed. ARDS Executive meet separately as required throughout the year.
Since its incorporation in 1973, ARDS has worked at the ‘cutting edge’ of community development. This work demands a commitment to learning and operating in the language of the people. It also demands that non-Aboriginal staff have been immersed in, and can see the world-views of the people. For it is only when these two critical aspects i.e. language and world-view, have been taken into consideration, that education can bring about liberation.
Ms Jo Ward