Country, Culture, People, Future

Geraldton

Mount Magnet Elder Ollie George awarded NAIDOC Male Elder of the year

Posted: July 24th, 2017

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YMAC sends our heart-felt congratulations to Ollie George for receiving the Male Elder of the year award at the NAIDOC 2017 national award ceremony in Cairns. Mr George led several Badimia families and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on a project to create a new Badimia Dictionary, to preserve culture and language that can be shared across generations.

This year the annual NAIDOC Week theme was celebrating the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The focus: Our Languages Matter. As one of the last people living that can speak Badimia – an endangered Aboriginal language – Mr George’s 20 year commitment to documenting language and culture was recognised as a significant contribution to Aboriginal heritage.

“When I look back I’m proud because it’s my language and I’m not scared to speak my language. A lot of people in my town won’t speak it. It’s gone they reckon. But It’s not gone for me, I’ve still got it there.” Mr George said. “I’m proud to be able to share my knowledge and language with the next generation.”

Use the link below to view Ollie’s speech.

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/06/28/male-elder-year-recipient-awarded-preserving-aboriginal-languages

 

Launch of Aboriginal History Booklet and Yamaji Drive Trail

Posted: August 20th, 2015

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Stan Gratte, author of The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas

The City of Geraldton Regional Library recently released the final title in the Mid West Heritage series,
The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas by Stan Gratte and Dale Forsyth. This series highlights Geraldton’s rich Aboriginal history.

The book was showcased on 19 August at the Launch@The Library along with the new Yamaji Drive Trail – a tourist guide, celebrating Yamatji history and culture in the Greater Geraldton area.

The author paints an overview of life for Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton area before and after the region was settled by Europeans.

This publication is now available for $9.95 from the City of Geraldton Regional Library and can also be purchased from the Geraldton Visitors Centre and WA Museum.

City of Geraldton launches “Welcome to Country Guide”

Posted: July 14th, 2015

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City of Greater Geraldton launches “Welcome to Country Guide” Photo source: City of Greater Geraldton

 

The City of Greater Geraldton officially launched its “Welcome to Country Guide” last Friday night, as part of NAIDOC Week.

The guide includes up to date information for City Officers, Councillors and the broader community on protocols and processes when presenting a Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country.

For more information on the Welcome to Country, or to view the guide, visit the City website on http://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/ and search “Welcome to Country”.

Happy NAIDOC Week!

Posted: July 8th, 2015

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NAIDOC Week 2015 is now in full swing, and YMAC has been busy celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal people. You can find out what events are happening near you by visiting the official NAIDOC site.

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra's Godfrey Simpson

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra’s Godfrey Simpson

 

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Be a community advisor in Geraldton

Posted: June 12th, 2015

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The WA Museum in Geraldton is looking for new members for its Community Advisory Committee, and Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Museum is now accepting expressions of interests for two voluntary community representative positions.

WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he hopes to receive Expressions of Interest from people who want to be part of the history and future of Geraldton and the Mid West.

 

 

 

“Members of the Advisory Committee actively advocate for the Museum and provide a community perspective on the Museum’s

Expressions of Interest including a statement outlining suitability and a current resume should be mailed to Leigh O’Brien, WA Museum – Geraldton, PO Box 2229, Geraldton, WA 6530, or emailed to leigh.o’brien@museum.wa.gov.au by 4pm, 19 June 2015.

Aboriginal language initiatives

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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There are positive initiatives across Western Australia committed to preserving traditional languages.

Nyangumarta speakers in Hedland recently underwent training to become qualified interpreters for hospitals and courts. The training facilitated by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is hoped to increase access to services for Aboriginal people.

Weerianna Street Media in collaboration with linguist Janelle Mowarin and the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre have created language videos for schools and other resources to complement a Ngarluma online dictionary. The Wangka Maya dictionary and Ngarluma Language Resource are available online here.

Geraldton’s Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre recently launched a Nhanda alphabet poster along with other educational posters which promote the Nhanda language. Anyone interested in contributing to the Nhanda dictionary project may call Ms Sitorus at the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on 9920 7900.

Young didgeridoo players shine at Rangeway Primary School

Posted: April 29th, 2015

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For the last three years, students at Rangeway Primary School in Geraldton have been learning to play the didgeridoo at school through a music program started by music and arts teacher George Scicluna.

Didgeridoo players Robert Tester and Rolan Deutokom have been taking time out of their regular work days  to teach the students for an hour a week, and it is clear the practice is paying off. Last year, the students opened up the Reconciliation Concert at the local Queens Park Theatre, supporting Archie Roach (see video below) and played in front of thousands at the local Football Finals.

The program has gained funding from local mining groups and worked collaboratively with the local Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation to put on workshops and performances. Goerge Scicluna reports that they are now in the second phase of planning where they are helping other schools to engage and become part of the program.

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Join Bundiyarra in commemorating the ANZAC spirit

Posted: March 27th, 2015

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Australian Bureau of Statistics is coming to Geraldton

Posted: February 25th, 2015

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Over the next few weeks, interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Greater Geraldton area.

The interviewees are an important part of the 11,500 sample of people randomly selected to participate in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) across Australia.

The aim of NATSISS is to measure the progress of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the survey was last conducted in 2008. The survey covers a broad range of topics, such as experiences of homelessness, access to services, and health; and is used to inform policy and funding decisions around programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

For more information visit the ABS.