The Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together co-directors have met with the City of Perth Elders at Council House Perth to stay connected and updated in relation to the Danjoo Koorliny project. The Elders and co-directors spoke about the Danjoo Koorliny project, some of the goals for areas that will change between now and 2029, methods and ways of working, the important and critical role of Elders and Eldership governance, and that we are in a transition stage of new possibilities in
The Danjoo Koorliny team has attended the opening of the Australian National University's (ANU) Western Australian office. Dr Richard Walley OAM gave the Welcome to Country, while Dr Noel Nannup OAM was also in attendance. The Governor of Western Australia and Danjoo Koorliny Ambassador the Honourable Kim Beazley AC delivered a keynote. Former WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt was also present. The opening was MC'd by ANU Chancellor the Honourable Julie Bishop, and also featured talks f
The Danjoo Koorliny team has met with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO and her WA team. The informal dinner was a chance for the Danjoo Koorliny leaders to reconnect with June, to update her on the Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together project, and to hear more about June’s latest work including the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) report. Other invited guests also attended. June said she was excited about the Danjoo Koorliny pro
Dr Richard Walley OAM has performed the Welcome to Country for the opening of the 41st Parliament of Western Australia, the first time a welcome has been performed in the Legislative Council during an opening of parliament. "This is a spiritual place - a place of learning, a place of sharing. We call it the Whadjuk Boodja," Richard said. "We ask the good spirit to guide us not only through this official presentation today, but the informal parts - when we're making decisions,
Curtin University has hosted an event called ‘Restoration Economy: looking at restoration through an Indigenous lens’ at Boola Bardip WA Museum.
Curtin described the event as follows: "The restoration economy provides a unique opportunity to improve the way we approach ecological restoration in regional and remote Australia. Discover how this innovative approach to restoring land can sustainably reconnect natural, and socioeconomic environments, to support the customary acti
Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together has supported a reconciliation event for the WA Department of Education staff at Roelands Mission near Bunbury. The day was designed to assist in the development of the department’s vision for reconciliation, and their new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Around 60 staff attended the event, including senior staff, and the RAP steering committee and working group. The Danjoo Koorliny team contributed a number of elements throughout the event.
The Noongar Land Enterprise (NLE) Group has opened its new native tree nursery near Northam on Ballardong Noongar Country. (See volunteering information below.) The nursery is called 'Boola Boornap' (The Place of Many Trees), and was purchased by NLE with capital investment and support from Danjoo Koorliny key partner Commonland, as well as the COmON Foundation. The nursery already has pre-purchase orders for one million seedlings from around 50 different species, with produc
Danjoo Koorliny recently added a new full-time team member to support the leadership with day-to-day operational tasks and to provide input into the project design. Can you tell who it is? That's right...you guessed it... Ezra Jacobs-Smith has joined the team on a 12-month break from the WA Government Department of Premier and Cabinet. Carol Innes, who has been working part-time on the Danjoo Koorliny operational team, will also soon move into a more full-time role with the o
The creative team behind the sold-out Perth Festival performance 'Galup' recently hosted, together with Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultants, an interactive conversation about social impact, healing, and positive intercultural relationships. The event was held at Galup Lake Monger where the presenters introduced Galup's Social Impact Campaign. During the event, the team encouraged participants to provide insights, and voice ideas for how to turn Galup's social impact goals in
The latest Social Impact unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (UWA) has now come to an end for this year. Carol Innes and Prof Paul Flatau recently joined the class for their final day.
The unit is taught by Katie Stubley with strategic input from the Danjoo Koorliny leaders, and covers topics such as cultural processes and authority; Aboriginal knowledge, processes and ways of doing; social innovation; social desi
Carol Innes writes in marie claire magazine about addressing systemic racism and creating inclusive leadership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. "In order to address systemic racism and bring about inclusive leadership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Australia, we have to get real (or RREAL). Here is my advice for leaders and organisations wanting to take action to encourage diversity…" Read the rest of the article here. #DanjooKoorliny
Noongar Elder Eugene Eades recently hosted an event at the Nowanup property that brought together Noongar Elder Dr Noel Nannup and other Noongar leaders, as well as non-Aboriginal people. The event was facilitated by Eugene, Noel, Vivienne Robertson and Rod Safstrom, and explored connections between Noongar, Western and Middle Eastern wisdom. The event was attended by 35 people, many of whom travelled to Nowanup from Perth and Denmark. Nowanup is part of Greening Australia an
Wadandi Pibulmun Yunungjarlu Elder Wayne Webb has been awarded an Honourary Doctor of Letters at a recent graduation ceremony at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where he also delivered the graduation address. Dr Webb has been active in the areas of archaeology and anthropology for more than 35 years, working with others to officially protect hundreds of cultural sites of significance. The award recognises his lifetime contributions to the protection and promotion of
Danjoo Koorliny co-leader Carol Innes appeared as a panelist on a recent episode of the ABC's The Drum program. She was asked to speak on a wide range of themes, including recent allegations of sexual assault against federal political figures and the reporting and support processes related to such cases. "It has to lead to systemic change where people report, how they report, what's the report structure around the reporting of it all, and how the family and others are support
A new educational resource featuring a Nyoongar story about the history of Boorloo Perth has been created through a collaboration between Dr Noel Nannup, Alison Nannup, Kamsani Bin Salleh and Lynn Webber. The resource is called Kany Djena or 'first feet', referring to the Nyoongar people of the south-west of Western Australia, with its story told from a Nyoongar perspective. The resource tells a series of intertwined stories around the central character of Joobaitch, "a Whadj
A number of Noongar Elders and leaders have contributed to a Perth Festival event called 'A Day of Ideas: Beneath the Surface', which explored different aspects of the Derbarl Yerrigan Swan River. The day started with a welcome, followed by opening words from Dr Richard Walley OAM, who spoke about the Derbarl Yerrigan and gave a musical performance. Richard then joined a panel on 'Daa River's Mouth' with Professor Len Collard, Zoe Atkinson and Mike Lefroy, hosted by Sisonke M
Elders and leaders from the Kimberley have joined Noongar Elders and leaders and others for a celebration of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and the Derbal Yerrigan Swan River at a special screening of the new short film The Serpent's Tale. The Serpent’s Tale tells the National Heritage Listed creation story of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Filmed over three years under the guidance of traditional owners the film mixes stunning footage, interviews with Elders and animations to t
The last full moon of the Noongar season of Birak saw people come together for a 'healing the river' ceremony with story, song, dance and art. Ni! Bilyada Waanginy Listen! the Rivers are Speaking and Meeka Moorart Full Moon Ceremony: Walbraniny Ngala Bilya Healing Our River took place on the foreshore at Langley Park in Boorloo / Perth. It was organised by Della Rae Morrison and Johnny Doan, with support from Danjoo Koorliny. The evening featured stories from Noel Nannup, Car
Dr Noel Nannup and Prof Paul Flatau joined Katie Stubley and students for the opening class of the Social Impact unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Noel opened the class with a welcome and then spoke about different aspects of why Noongar culture has been able to live in social, cultural and environmental harmony on this land for more than 60,000 years. He discussed, amongst other things, the importance of c