Aboriginal Culture

“We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Yamaji People who are the Traditional Owners and First People of the land on which we meet/stand. We would like to pay respect to the Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of the Yamaji People.”

Within the Midwest region there are various localised Aboriginal language groups which are collectively known as Yamaji and include the Amangu people, Naaguja people, Wadjarri people, Nanda people, Badimia people and additionally the region includes the Western Desert people known as the Martu people.

 The Yamaji people have a strong presence in the region and a major focus for the City is to engage and consult with Aboriginal community groups on all key aspects pertaining to culture and to foster a unified approach towards building a positive sustainable future.

The City is committed to meeting cultural protocols with the traditional owners of Yamaji Country, and to have an understanding of the local Aboriginal history and promote and support the preservation of heritage and significant sites in the Midwest.

Aboriginal History of Geraldton  (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas Booklet

The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas booklet is the product of a strong eight month collaboration between  the Aboriginal community and the City of Greater Geraldton which was researched and written by Stan Gratte with the assistance of David Forsyth.

Research on the booklet also resulted in the production of an Aboriginal drive trail guide to accompany the booklet which provides a map that can easily be followed for people interested in visiting the historical sites referred to in the booklet. 

The booklet is on sale at the Geraldton Regional Library, Geraldton Visitor Centre and the WA Museum Geraldton. 

The Welcome to The Yamaji Drive Trail Map is free of charge and available at the same locations.

Welcome to Country Guide

The City recently endorsed a new Welcome to Country Guide which will soon be officially launched. This new Guide reinforces the City’s commitment to ensuring that a Welcome to Country is observed whenever appropriate. It includes up to date and accurate information for City Officers, Councillors and the broader community about the protocols and processes of both the Welcome to Country and the Acknowledgement of County in the City of Greater Geraldton.

For a copy of the Guide, please contact the Community Aboriginal Development Officer on 9956 6608.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The City’s Reconciliation Committee adopted its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in December 2009.  The Committee continue to evaluate, oversee progress and update the Reconciliation Action Plan. They advise and make recommendations to Council on all matters relating to progressing Reconciliation in the City. The Committee is comprised of Councillors, key agency representatives, representatives from Native Title groups and community members.

The City is proud to be the leader in Reconciliation in our community and we are leading the way with our second Reconciliation Action Plan currently in negotiation.  We are also proud of the fact that we are the only Local Government organisation in Western Australia that has a second RAP.

View the latest version of the Reconciliation Action Plan.

View the previous Reconciliation Action Plan.

Wajarri Dictionary App

The Wajarri Dictionary App is the first of its kind in WA. It was been developed by the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre which is based in Geraldton.

The app features almost 2,000 Wajarri words. Each word has an English translation, as well a detailed description, including cultural and natural information (where available). Audio recordings with syllable breakdown to assist with pronunciation accompany all entries. The Wajarri language featured in this app was traditionally spoken in the Murchison region of the state, and is now spoken throughout the wider Midwest and with Wajarri people all over the country and planet.

Download the Wajarri Dictionary App from the AppStore or Google Play.

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is celebrated every year in the first week of July. It is a time for Aboriginal people of the nation to celebrate their culture, history, song, dance and art. It is also a time to recognise the important contribution that Aboriginal people of Australia have made to our country and society.

View the NAIDOC Week 2016 calendar of events.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort - no matter how big or small. We want you to connect with the community, stop racism or celebrate Indigenous success at every opportunity.

For more information, visit the National Reconciliation Week website.