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Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, indigenous, roundhouse, western australia by freoview on January 28, 2017


The W.A. Nyoongar First Nation people held a major cleansing smoking ceremony at the Fremantle Roundhouse and Bathers Beach this Saturday morning.

The very moving event attracted around 1,300 people to Arthur’s Head and made me quite emotional.

This was an event about Nyoongars and Wadjelas moving forward together and left me with real hope for the future.

This was not anti Australia Day but pro Australia. It was not about victims and perpetrators but about real reconciliation with mutual respect and about considering an alternative day to celebrate Australia.

One Day in Freo continues at the Esplanade today from 2 pm and from 4 pm with a concert with Mama Kin, John Butler and Dan Sultan.

Join in and spread the love!

Non commercial organisations are free to use these photos. Just drop and drag. Credit: Roel Loopers.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Unfortunately I won’t be able to take photos of the Esplanade event as I will be on guide duty at the Roundhouse for the Fringe Festival show there this evening.

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  1. Sunshiine said, on January 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    A momentous, historic occasion which left me humbled and heart full – I felt so privileged to be able to witness and share in a day that will in time, be marked as the beginning of a better way forward for all Australians, and hopefully a healing and hopefilled time of recognition and restoration for the Original Owners. Thank you for your words and images, and deep respect and gratitude to all involved in this ceremony. May there be a gentle silence in the hearts of all Australians, so they may find the space to listen.

  2. GreggB said, on January 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I too felt honoured and humbled sharing the experience with so many people of diverse roots. With so many younger people there, it gave me hope of a more inclusive and mature Australia to celebrate.

  3. Andrew Sullivan said, on January 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Easily one of the most important, humbling an moving days I’ve ever had in Fremantle. The pain at sunrise of having to witness the devastation of the most beautiful wetlands in the Beeliar Regional Park, land that is understandably sacred to the Wadjuk people, and an internationally recognised biodiversity treasure. The tears also flowed at the smoking ceremony at the Round House, but there was also a great sense of hope, pride and strength being shared around too.

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