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FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL TRAINEESHIP SUCCESS

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle Aboriginal Traineeship Program has been a big success, with four of the six trainees being offered a 12-month position at the City.

Trainees were employed at a variety of departments, such as records, IT, communications, media, culture, etc. and said that personal growth was the most positive aspect of the traineeship for them, while learning different skills.

The trainees said they were guided and supported well by CoF staff and that it was good to have a group of Aboriginal trainees, so that they could support each other.

The City hopes to get some Aboriginal elders as mentors for future trainees.

Applications opened three days ago: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/career-opportunities/traineeships-and-apprenticeships.

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FREMANTLE MOVING FORWARD WITH RECONCILIATION

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2018

 

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More than one hundred people attended a City of Fremantle forum this morning about How we can improve the relationship with the Aboriginal community.

Many Whadjuk Noongar people took part, as did Fremantle precincts representatives, many Councillors and the Mayor, people from support services, WA Police, Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Prison, Education Department, City of Fremantle staff from a variety of departments, and other interested individuals.

It was pretty full on to get it all done in three hours but I believe it was a very worthwhile exercise that opened up opportunities for better communication, more respect and where the journey of reconciliation has been good and what can be improved.

What are effective ways to improve the relationship between Noongars and Wadjelas, and how can we improve doing it at grassroots level within our own suburbs and streets?

The Noongar people believe that local governments are leading the reconciliation process, and in Fremantle we are building it on an already strong foundation.

What forms of communication between the cultures works best and how can we improve it?

Reconciliation is an important process of understanding and acknowledgment of the past and of Aboriginal history and culture, and all together we are creating the future.

One of my laments is that many hundreds of school students a week do day excursions to Fremantle and visit the Fremantle Prison, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum, but leave our city without having engaged with Aboriginal history or culture. Only some schools engage the services of Greg Nannup of Indigenous WA to give them a tour about Aboriginal culture, but that is just not enough and the Education Department needs to be aware of the shortcoming.

It was a very positive and relaxed morning and so good to see Aboriginal and Wadjela people chatting and connecting with mutual respect.

Well done, City of Fremantle, now we need to do the next step and implement positive actions!

Roel Loopers

GIVING FREO A HELPING HAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2018

 

Like FREO NOW-the former BID, Tourism WA, the City of Fremantle, the Chamber of Commerce and others we all can do our bit to promote Fremantle interstate and overseas.

Quite a few members of the Freo community are also trying to help by posting reviews on Trip Advisor, and according to traders that can be very helpful.

Trip Advisor alerted me that last month one or more of my 33 Fremantle reviews were read by a total of 16,304 people, with 70% of them being from Australia and the other 30% from overseas.

The most favourite review last month was about Indigenous Tours WA which is run by Greg Nanup. However Greg now mainly does Walyalup tours for school groups at Arthur’s Head, so teachers make sure to book them for your classes when you come to visit the Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum!

YOU too can review restaurants, shops, tours, attractions, etc. on Trip Advisor. Do it!

Roel Loopers

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WONDERFUL ABORIGINAL ART AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

 

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If you missed the opening at the Fremantle Arts Centre last night of Bush Women 25 Years On go and see it! If you love good visual art, don’t mis it! If you love great Aboriginal art this is the show for you. It is wonderful, wonderful!

The show by some of the best known female indigenous Kimberley artists is a pure joy for the eye and the soul.

Stunning works by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie Gara-Gara, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies, Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Another show by female local artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo is in the same building, so make sure to also view Running Deep.

The FAC cafe is open, so hide from the bad weather and do something for the soul and tummy!

Roel Loopers

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LOCKHART RIVER ARTISTS AT JAPINGKA GALLERY

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018

 

Japingka show July 20

 

The great Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street must be one of the first and oldest Aboriginal art galleries in the Perth metro area.

This Friday their new show by Lockhart River artists Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok opens, so make sure to go and have a look. The show will be on display till August 29.

The painters’ style, using thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the people in recognising the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all of these together.

Fiona Omeenyo focuses on the importance of family and clan connections, depicting groups of people fishing and working the coastal regions and river estuaries. In essence the spirits of the people and their ancestors are suggested in the imagery, which is both human-like and representative of ancient rock engravings.

Rosella Namok creates images of the broader landscape, the seasons and the changing light as day merges into night. Her paintings of tropical rainstorms and the tidal patterns left by the Flow of the ocean suggest the importance of the natural rhythms of life and nature.

Roel Loopers

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NOONGAR FACILITATORS WANTED FOR FREO CULTURAL CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on: wacc@fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

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FREMANTLE CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

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The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers

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NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2018

 

NAIDOC Week July 8

 

The City of Fremantle is hosting a range of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because of her, we can!’ – chosen to highlight the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played at the community, local, state and national level.

The free opening event at the PCYC in Paget Street Hilton will start at 1pm tomorrow-Sunday July 8 with a Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor and feature Natasha Eldridge and her band and a weaving circle with Sharyn Egan.

There are many other special events in Freo this week, so take advantage of the school holidays and come down and enjoy NAIDOC week in Fremantle.

Other highlights of Sunday’s opening event will be a special performance by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, a community canvas painting session and damper making.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre near the Round House will be the focal point for many NAIDOC week events, with former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm hosting walking tours, a storytime session, an art day, barbecue tucker, boomerang throwing and much more.

The WACC will also host the NAIDOC week closing ceremony next Sunday, 15 July.

Other events around Fremantle include the WAFL NAIDOC round clash between South Fremantle and Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, and a screening of the filmWe Don’t Need a Map by acclaimed director Warwick Thornton as part of the Hilton Winter Film Festival.

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ABORIGINAL TOURS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous by freoview on June 19, 2018

 

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I happened to bump into my good mate Greg Nannup this morning while he was conducting one of his Aboriginal history tours at Arthur Head with a group of school students.

The tours by Indigenous Tours WA are very informative and great for local people and overseas visitors to get to know more about the Whadjuk Noongar history of Walyalup, as the Fremantle region is known in Noongar.

If you want to book a tour contact email is tours@indigenouswa.com or phone Greg Nannup on 0405 630606 and check the website: http://www.indigenouswa.com

 

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KAYA AND WELCOME TO FREMANTLE WALYALUP

 

The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt would “seriously consider” to use Walyalup side by side with Fremantle, to acknowledge the Aboriginal history.

I would welcome that move, and Fremantle Walyalup does sound good, but question why it is taking so long to get more recognition of our indigenous history with more street and place names getting Noongar names.

It makes far more sense to add Aboriginal names than to delete the names of some of the early settlers, so what are we waiting for? The call for more Aboriginal names in Fremantle has been going for three decades, and while we now see Wanju Whadjuk Boodja signs underneath City of Fremantle ones, that is not good enough.

Fremantle Council also needs to be very clear that if it is serious about adding Walyalup to the Fremantle city name, the decision needs to be made before a major destination marketing concept has been developed, so that Walyalup can be included in all promotional material.

Ayers Rock became Uluru years ago, and the Bungles in the Kimberley are now better known as Purnululu, so there are no great obstacles that prevents our leaders to introduce more Aboriginal names for places of significance.

Roel Loopers

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