For the specific group, we were supposed to carry out a community profile of the people. Here, the requirements were that we researched on who the Aborigines of Pingelly were related to, what groups they belonged to, the languages that they spoke, their histories, and their leaders and how leadership roles were assigned.
To carry out the community profile, we started by relying on the definition given in class about a community, which was that communities are groups of people who live in one locality. In addition, these people are also interconnected with one another in more than one way, rather than just living in the same locality (Walchuk et al, 2013). Therefore, in conducting the community profile, one of the most important interconnections looked for was the similarity of languages, in this case, Nyungar language. Conducting the community profile was also reliant on the lecturer’s discussion on what a community profile was, as well as the different types of community profiles. For example, community profiles were defined as structured and comprehensive sets of information that describe a community’s characteristics. Therefore, in making the community profile for the Aborigines of Pingelly, we sought to conduct an inventory of their key resources, needs, and features, while also providing baseline information about their community (Walchuk et al, 2013).
There are various types of community profiles, including the Barangay or Community Profile, the Minimum Basic Needs Report, the Physical and Socio-Economic Profile, the Demographic and Socio-Economic Profile, and the Area Ecological Profile (Walchuk et al, 2013). A community profile is also useful for community organizers, students and researchers, business inventors, policy makers and legislators, planners, national agencies, local government units, and community leaders. The community profile produced has various uses, such as taking stock of information in order to manage the community, providing information for other groups conducting similar research, and providing information that would be useful in planning interventions and projects.