ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AWARENESS AND ENGAGEMENT

Reconciliation


The City is committed to building strong and meaningful relationships with the Noongar community to ensure we reach a place of greater reconciliation and equality within our community. In May 2017 we implemented our ‘Reflect’ RAP and begun to work closer with the local Noongar community, as well as many Aboriginal organisations within the City of Vincent. As part of our celebrations for NAIDOC Week 2019, we launched our 'Innovate' RAP as the next step on our Reconciliation journey.

We have held numerous events and activities to celebrate Noongar culture including the NAIDOC Festivals at Hyde Park (2018) and North Perth Town Hall (2019), the Seven Sisters art installation by Sharyn Egan, a staff Close the Gap morning tea, a lunch hosted by the City for our Rangers and Nyoongar Outreach Services, art classes with Jade Dolman, Noongar Story Time sessions with Bec Garlett and Karla Hart and the screening of two Aboriginal films at Backlot Studio during Reconciliation Week.In 2019 we introduced 6 Seasons workshops with Marissa Vermer, Aboriginal Youth Forums as well as running a Bush Medicine Workshop with Vivienne Hansen.

We have also strengthened our relationships with local Aboriginal organisations including Noongar Radio, the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Nyoongar Outreach Services as well as Aranmore Catholic College that schools over 60 Aboriginal students. We look forward to continuing to acknowledge and share Noongar culture, tradition and history with the wider community.

You can find out more about our Reconciliation Action Plan and Working Group here.

Noongar Words

Kaya Hello
Wandjoo Welcome
Boorda See you later
Boodja/Boodjar Land/Country
Djiti Djiti Willy Wagtail
Karl/Kaarla Fire
Yonga Kangaroo
Koorlbardi Magpie

Source: Noongar Word List from Kaartdijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge