Recognising, celebrating and acknowledging the diverse Aboriginal cultures and history of our State to achieve lasting benefits for Aboriginal people and the broader community.
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The department works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promotes reconciliation in the wider WA community through a shared and deeper understanding of our past.
The department has the honoured responsibility for delivering an Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia. The centre will be a powerful symbol of truth-telling and reconciliation as it will aim to recognise, celebrate and acknowledge the diverse Aboriginal cultures and history of our State.
The department leads many truth telling Aboriginal history projects and works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to connect people to their Aboriginal ancestry.
It’s been a busy start to 2023 for the Steering Committee, highlighted by the milestone achievements of finalising the business case for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the closing of our expression of interest process to expand the project’s Steering Committee to include regional representation.
20 projects throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West, Goldfields-Esperance and metropolitan regions will share in $469,384 through the Connecting to Country program.
Bookings to sponsor a Reconciliation Week street banner have now been extended to Friday 10 March 2023.
A significant piece of work that has been undertaken this year is the engagement outreach with Aboriginal people and communities across Western Australia.
The culture shared at this important ceremony shows why it is so vital that we have a place where we can celebrate and learn more about the diversity of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
On 15 August, the Premier the Hon Mark McGowan together with the Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority representatives, announced the Terrace Road carpark as the location for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia.
In 2023, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre (ACC) project will expand its membership of the Steering Committee to include suitably experienced Aboriginal leaders from regional Western Australia.
An initiative that will play a vital role in enabling Indigenous language continuation in the Kimberley region will receive a $200,000 support package from the State Government.
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia project marked another milestone today with a cleansing ceremony of the Terrace Road site prior to the start of ground investigation works.
Meeting September and October 2022
A world-class Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia is a step closer to becoming a reality with the selection of a Terrace Road site as the preferred location for the centre.
A unique insight into the lives of Aboriginal children living at the Mount Margaret Mission, located on Wongatha land in the Goldfields-Esperance region, has been produced by the State Government’s Aboriginal History WA.
Meeting July 2022
Meeting June 2022
Two publications launched during Reconciliation Week are connecting people to their Aboriginal history and celebrating the richness of Western Australia’s shared history.
Meeting April 2022
Meeting March 2022
Meeting February 2022
Organisations from across Western Australia are showing their commitment to and support for reconciliation by sponsoring a banner through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt today launched the Norman Tindale Collection which includes genealogical information and photographs from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.
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