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NAIDOC MUSIC AWARDS AT FREO SOCIAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, entertainment, event, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019

 

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Kaya! The NAIDOC Music Awards are on at Freo.Social on Parry Street next Friday September 6. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available at Moshtix.

Support our Aboriginal musicians!

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NAIDOC WEEK STARTS ON SUNDAY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 5, 2019

 

NAIDOC Week, the celebration of our indigenous culture, starts on Sunday with and event at the PCYC in Hilton from 10am till 2pm.

The theme of the week is Voice.Treaty.Truth-Let’s work together for a shared future.

The PCYC event will have dancing, choir singing, bush tucker, damper making and community stalls so it should be fun for young and old. Go and say Kaya!

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, just a few metres away from historic Roundhouse at Captain’s Lane will have all kinds of events from a community canvas painting to Aboriginal face painting, Nyoongar language for kids, etc. Check it out on their Facebook page.

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WALYALUP RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2019

 

Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle signed off on the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan on Wednesday evening, which I believe is another big step-many small steps-forward for real reconciliation in our city.

Here from the agenda:

The City is developing a WRAP for many reasons but primarily to engage better with Aboriginal people and the general community to advance values of inclusiveness and equality. It’s been almost 20 years since council committed to developing a Policy on Conciliation, Respect and Recognition and 3 years on from an Aboriginal Engagement Plan.

A key learning from this is that maintaining relationships with Aboriginal people is like an investment with the more invested the better the return. This WRAP will add to this work and form an overarching framework for what is occurring now and to update and measure future deliverables.

Reconciliation Australia determines four types of RAP’s – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate. Reflect is for organisations that are new to the reconciliation journey; Innovate is for organisations that are trialling different approaches to reconciliation and are testing where their resources are best invested; Stretch is for organisations that are setting measurable outcome targets for their activities, and Elevate is for organisations that are considered leaders in reconciliation, have a wealth of experience and knowledge, and can assist Reconciliation Australia and other organisations.

In consultation with Reconciliation Australia it was determined the most appropriate RAP type for the City would be the Stretch RAP which was named by the City’s RAP Working Group as the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (WRAP).

The purpose of the City’s WRAP, specifically a Stretch RAP, is to raise awareness and support through the development of solid foundations, governance models and future commitments that promote sustainable opportunities in areas such as employment, economic development and procurement all the while celebrating and recognising Aboriginal culture.

The City’s Stretch WRAP sets out the actions and deliverables required to prepare the City for reconciliation in successive RAPs. The first community forum in September 2018 was well attended with over 100 people who provided input to 15 actions and 74 deliverable outcomes. Media coverage attracted significant interest in the City’s WRAP and in particular the dual naming opportunities identified in the plan. Feedback was sourced from the wider community along with some mandated requirements from Reconciliation Australia, bringing the total of 19 actions and 99 deliverable outcomes over the next three years.

The high number of people accessing the WRAP document along with the robust conversations resulting on social media and throughout the community could be seen as an indication for overwhelming support, in addition to the proportionally low number of raised concerns.

The WRAP will be a whole of organisation approach, guided and championed by the Walyalup Reconciliation Reference Group. The plan will be reviewed every 12 months in alignment with the financial year. The plan will be reviewed with Reconciliation Australia after two years. Reports will be provided annually to Reconciliation Australia, and annually in the City’s Annual Report.

The City’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive, caring community where Aboriginal people experience the same life outcomes as other Australians, and where their special place in our nation and our City is recognised. We want a community and an organisation in which Aboriginal people are acknowledged, listened to and understood; a community and organisation that respect and tell the truth about history, and where healing and growth is nurtured by all of us. Ultimately, we want this to be a shared vision for Fremantle, where the City embraces culture and heritage, and where Aboriginal people are part of making decisions and improvements for community wellbeing.

The City recognises the importance of meaningful engagement, mutual respect, creating trust and utilising culturally appropriate practices and protocols to truly understand its local communities. The City has a strong commitment to working collaboratively with the Aboriginal community.

The resulting document captures this vision and demonstrates the City’s commitment to help increase respect, foster relationships and develop opportunities for Aboriginal people in 19 actions and 99 deliverables.

Roel Loopers

NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATES ABORIGINAL CULTURE

 

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NAIDOC Week is on in July to celebrate our Aboriginal culture so here early notice of the events in Fremantle:

NAIDOC Week Opening Event
Fremantle PCYC
Sunday 7 July, 10am–2pm

NAIDOC Week displays
Fremantle Library, The Meeting Place
7–14 July

School Holidays Colouring-In
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Wednesday 10 July, 12–2pm

Community Canvas
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Thursday 11 July, 12–2pm

Aboriginal Face Painting and Activity Workstations
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Friday 12 July, 12–2pm

Nyoongar Language for Kids
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Saturday 13 July, 1–3pm

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RECONCILIATION AWARD FOR ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

 

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Great moorditj news and well deserved!

The City of Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day One Day in Fremantle event has  received an Australian Government award for promoting Indigenous reconciliation.

One Day in Fremantle took out the Promoting Indigenous Reconciliation category at the 2019 National Awards for Local Government in Canberra today.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the City’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer Brendan Moore were presented with the award by the federal Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton.

Mayor Pettitt said he was thrilled the City’s efforts to establish the One Day event had received national recognition.

“Our intention with One Day was to create an inclusive, family-friendly event where all members of the community felt comfortable to celebrate what’s great about being Australian,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I said after the first One Day concert that it was the best event I had ever been involved with. The spirit among the crowd and the sense of belonging and community was a beautiful experience.

“It was never about being anti-Australian or divisive. It was about encouraging people to come out and enjoy Australia’s diversity, bringing people together and promoting reconciliation – which is why I’m so pleased the event has received this award.”

The City of Fremantle first staged the One Day in Fremantle event in January 2017.

The event starts with a traditional smoking ceremony and other Aboriginal cultural activities at Bathers Beach before the focus shifts to the One Day concert at the Esplanade Reserve.

In its first three years the event has featured major Australian artists like Dan Sultan, John Bulter, Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.

It has also showcased emerging Aboriginal artists like Baker Boy, Adrian Eagle and Emily Warramara.

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PICTURES OF A FREO MARKET

Posted in city of fremantle, growers green markets, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2019

 

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It is a slow news weekend so a short stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning resulted in these three photos.

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FREMANTLE CELEBRATES OUR ABORIGINAL HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2019

 

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Sharing open and honest truth about local Aboriginal history and culture is at the heart of the City of Fremantle’s National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week commemorations.

National Reconciliation Week, held annually from 27 May–3 June, is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on their national identity and history, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.

The week is preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, which acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generation.

Working with this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’, the City is hosting a number of community events at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) and Fremantle Library.

A key event is the Truth Telling Photographic Exhibition, which features a series of incredibly poignant photos depicting the early relationship of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

The free exhibition on display at the WACC is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am–3pm.

The WACC is also hosting an Over 55s Aboriginal Art Class on Thursday 30 May from 12–2pm, where participants can learn about Nyoongar culture, symbols and techniques to create their very own dot paining.

The film In Between Songs is screening at the WACC on Friday 31 May at 12pm; the film’s story follows an Aboriginal family’s struggle to maintain its ancestral traditions in the face of modern societal, economic and environmental pressures.

Across town, Fremantle Library will host a special Reconciliation Yarn with Whadjuk Nyoongar Joe ‘Possum’ Collard.

Closing out the week’s events is a Cultural Walk through Bathers Beach precinct on Saturday 1 June. On the walk, people will discover the significance of the area for Nyoongar people, while learning about bush tucker, animals, insects and the seasons.

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FREMANTLE WILL NOT DISAPPEAR

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

 

How can we stop the ridiculous claims in the media that Fremantle wants to change its name to Walyalup? The Reconciliation Action Plan, that is out for community consultation, suggests to acknowledge Aboriginal names for our city and its landmarks, that means we add Noongar names to the English names, not replace them.

Already there are many negative comments on social media, as if our Aboriginal history is something we should be ashamed about when we should be proud that we are part of a 50.000 year ancient history.

It is not as if before British settlement this country we now call Australia was a fascist society with a past we’d better not mention. It is a huge island where Aboriginal people lived in relative peace and harmony. They lived respectfully in an often nomadic lifestyle off mother earth, in a society with strong tribal laws which kinship and tribal boundaries that were adhered to.

Men in the communities educated the boys and the women were responsible for bringing up the girls, and food was often shared in the best communal sense of extended families.

It is a proud history of stories and songlines and of sacred sites and of deep respect for nature and the earth.

Why should we not share our Aboriginal history by letting people know the names the traditional owners have for all the landmarks and rivers? It is not as if a Big Bang happened in 1829 on the west coast of this huge continent and suddenly there was population in this terra nullius, or uninhabited land. That disrespectful suggestion was soundly rejected by the High Court of Australia which acknowledged that Aboriginal people have lived here for some 50.000 years. A history of hardship and resilience to be proud of!

What is the big deal to have signs that show Fremantle and underneath it Walyalup to acknowledge that history. What is wrong with pointing out that Arthur’s Head is also known as Manjaree and Rottnest Island as Wadjemup?

The acceptance of Aboriginal names is already widespread around Australia. Most people now call Ayers Rock Uluru, the Olgas are known as Kata Tjuta, the Bungles as Purnululu, and Turkey Creek is better known as Warmun.

The TV reporter who smugly told his viewers last night that Fremantle could not change the name of the Swan River to Derbarl Yerrigan because it would need State Government approval to do so was only starting a fear campaign because all Fremantle Council might do is put some signs along the river to also acknowledge the Aboriginal name and history of the river.

No one’s history is threatened people and Fremantle will not disappear from the map of WA and Australia. Our post settlement history and names will remain and be told next to the pre European settlement history of our Aboriginal people. It is showing respect for our now shared past and future, and in my opinion it is very welcome and a long time overdue.

 

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FREO ABORIGINAL NAMES A MOORDITJ IDEA

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2019

 

KAYA! The West Australian reports this morning that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has stated that it is very likely that Fremantle and some of its landmarks will get dual names which include the Noongar name, such as Walyalup for Fremantle, Manjaree for Arthur’s Head, etc.

Aboriginal names is already something I make school students visiting the Roundhouse aware of and also when I am in charge of firing the 1pm cannon, where we acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners.

Making people aware of Aboriginal names for areas is good education and historic fact and it is good for reconciliation, so I am all for it.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt told the West it is encouraging what Fremantle wants to do while opposition shadow minister Tony Krsticevic says it would be confusing to have dual names.

Fremantle Council has just put out a new Reconciliation Action Plan for public comments that will guide Council toward a new and more up to date policy that will replace the policy implemented twenty years ago. Good on them! Moorditj!

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FREMANTLE RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN DRAFT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2019

 

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The draft Fremantle Reconciliation Action Plan-RAP is out for public consultation, so I copy and paste this below from the City of Fremantle:

Our vision for reconciliation

The City’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive, caring community where Aboriginal people experience the same life outcomes as other Australians, and where their special place in our nation and our City is recognised. We want a community and an organisation in which Aboriginal people are acknowledged, listened to and understood; a community and organisation that respect and tell the truth about history, and where healing and growth is nurtured by all of us. Ultimately, we want this to be a shared vision for Fremantle, where the City embraces culture and heritage, and where Aboriginal people are part of making decisions and improvements for the wellbeing of people.

Our Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a three year plan that is reported on annually. This is Council’s first RAP following the formative policy for respect, recognition and conciliation with Aboriginal people in 2000. Based on recommendation from Reconciliation Australia on the work the City of Fremantle has done thus far, Council decided to begin with a Stretch RAP.

This draft RAP was developed in consultation with the RAP Working Group, local Aboriginal community, elders and other stakeholders through a series of workshops and meetings facilitated by Kambarang Services. The diverse input from over 100 people has been summarised into a practical plan for Reconciliation, focused around Relationships, Respect, Opportunity and Governance. It contains 15 actions and 74 deliverables.

Our hope is that, in working together, speaking together, hearing each other and most of all committing to a better future together we will replace ignorance, mistrust, racism and hostility with genuine connection, trust and unity.

There are several ways to access the draft RAP or find out more:

  • View the draft RAP online, by clicking here or visiting the document library on this page.
  • A hard copy is available at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre(External link) (WACC), Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Staff are also available at the WACC during these times to tell you more about the RAP and a paper submission form is available.
  • A hard copy is also available in the Wanjoo Lounge(External link) at Fremantle Library, staffed by volunteers Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm. A paper submission form is available.

We encourage you to read the draft Walyalup RAP including the actions and tell us your thoughts below by 4.00pm Monday 27 May 2019.

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