Aboriginal Culture

Ilgarijiri Eggs at Sunset

“We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Southern Yamatji Peoples who are the Traditional Owners and First People of the land on which we stand. The Nhanhagardi, Wilunyu, Amangu. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of the Southern Yamatji Peoples.”

Within the Midwest region there are various localised Aboriginal language groups which are collectively known as Yamatji 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 Yamatji 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 Yamatji 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.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Reconciliation Action Plan for October 2017 - October 2020 reflects our commitment to the process of reconciliation in supporting the challenges of closing the gap of disadvantage between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The plan outlines the City strategies to provide equitable access to Aboriginal people to the City’s facilities and services and to build capacity, support and respond to the current and future identifi ed needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The plan will be overseen by a Reconciliation Advisory Committee, who will meet regularly to review the progress of the City in working towards the actions outlined in the Reconciliation Action Plan.

You can read the City of Greater Geraldton Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Welcome to Country Guide

In 2015, the City of Greater Geraldton Council endorsed the Welcome to Country Guide. The Welcome to Country Guide reinforces the City’s commitment to ensuring that a Welcome to Country is observed whenever appropriate in a manner that is consistent and respectful.

Click here to download the Welcome to Country Guide.

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.

The Wajarri Dictionary App is currently unavailable. Check back soon!

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2018

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.

Click here to visit the NAIDOC Week website.

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.