Noongar storytelling in Butler on Tuesday

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Noongar community leader Shane Nannup and Mayor Tracey Roberts promote National Reconciliation Week, which takes place from May 27 to June 3 and NAIDOC Week, which runs from July 7-14.

THE City of Wanneroo will hold a series of community events celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, language and culture for National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week 2019.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said both national events provided the opportunity for Australians from all backgrounds to contribute towards a unified future and aligned with the city’s reconciliation action plan 2018-19 and 2021-22 to improve relationships, opportunities and respect.

“The City of Wanneroo is proud of its Aboriginal heritage and is committed to recognising and celebrating the traditional owners of the land,” she said.

 “This is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to explore how each of us can contribute toward achieving reconciliation.”

As part of National Reconciliation Week, the city will host a free Cultural Conversation workshop for all community members.

Community leader Shaun Nannup will take participants on an inspiring journey through aspects of Noongar culture via storytelling in his Cultural Conversation workshop, that will be held at Butler Community Centre on Tuesday, May 28 at 6pm.

Bookings are essential through the city’s website.

For NAIDOC Week, the city will hold a flag raising ceremony for all community members and a series of fun, cultural events for children of all ages.

The city’s official flag raising ceremony will be held at the Wanneroo Civic Centre at 9am on Friday, July 12 and will be followed by a Wandjoo (Welcome) workshop hosted by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.

 The workshops will cover the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive.

 Cr Roberts said a welcome to country would be performed and the Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised side-by-side on the civic centre flag poles to symbolise that everyone stands together as Australians.

“I hope that residents will join us for the ceremony and the interactive activities we have planned for NAIDOC Week,” she said.

A free session of It’s All About Stories centred on Aboriginal stories will be held for preschool age children and their parents in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen libraries between July 2-5. Explore Noongar Art Workshop is a free event to be held for young people aged 10 years and over at Yanchep Library on Thursday, July 18.

Explore Noongar Song And Dance is a free, interactive workshop for children aged 5 to 12 years and will be held in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen libraries between July 11-18.

National Reconciliation Week takes place from May 27 to June 3 and NAIDOC Week runs from July 7-14.

Bookings via the city’s website are essential for all events, apart from the flag raising ceremony.