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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Acknowledgement of Country

The City of Belmont acknowledges the Noongar Nation and specifically the Whadjuk people as the Traditional Custodians of this land and we pay our respects to Elders, past and present. 

We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living within the City of Belmont.



National Reconciliation Week - free community sessions



The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is: ‘Let’s Take the Next Step’. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week and as part of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017, the City is offering two Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Understanding Training sessions to the community on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 that will be facilitated by Danny Ford from Kambarang Services.

Sessions are open to anyone wishing to learn more about the Aboriginal Culture and are free to attend. Please see below for the details and how to book a place. Morning tea (Session 1) and afternoon tea (Session 2) will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - RSVPs are due Friday, 26 May 2017
Time: 10am to 1pm (session 1) and 2pm to 5pm (session 2)
Location: Rivervale Community Centre, Corner of Surrey Road / Francisco Street, Rivervale
RSVP: Phone 9477 7219 or email community.development@belmont.wa.gov.au

NAIDOC Week - Flag Raising Ceremony and morning tea

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is: ‘Our Languages Matter’, which aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

The City of Belmont will celebrate NAIDOC Week by hosting a flag raising ceremony and morning tea. Please see below for the details. This is a free event and there is no need to register your interest.

Date: Monday, 3 July 2017
Time:
10:30am to 12pm
Location:
War Memorial at Faulkner Park, Progress Way in Cloverdale

The City of Belmont will be providing free transport for the City’s residents who wish to attend the NAIDOC Family Day in Ashfield on Thursday, 6 July 2017. Please contact us to RSVP and to enquiry about pick up and drop off times and locations by Monday, 26 June 2017.


2017 NAIDOC Community Award

The City of Belmont NAIDOC Community Award was established in 2012. It recognises the personal achievements of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community member over the past 12 months. The Award may be in respect of achievement for sport, education, business, music, art, culture or community service, (e.g. emergency service volunteers, volunteer support personnel and industry groups across the community).

Nominees must be residents of the City of Belmont, work in or attend an educational institution or participate in an organisation within the City of Belmont.

The Award recipient will be presented with a plaque and a Belmont Forum voucher during the NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, 3 July 2017.

Please click below to access electronic version of the Guidelines and Nomination Form.

Hard copies of the documents are available from the following locations:

  • City of Belmont Civic Centre
  • Ruth Faulkner Public Library.

To ensure eligibility, Nomination Forms need to be submitted by no later than close of business on Friday, 23 June 2017.

All nominations are strictly confidential and the information provided will be used only to assist in considering the merits of the nomination.


 

Noongar Seasons 

Source courtesy of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council website (Kaartdijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge

Noongar people have traditionally hunted and gathered food according to the six seasons. In our Noongar language these are called Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djiiba, Kambarang and Birak and are determined by the weather patterns. The seasons tell us which animal and plant resources are plentiful at those times. Noongar people know when it is the season for harvesting by signs in nature. A hazy summer sky foretells of the salmon running or the blossom on paperbarks brings the mullet fish. Noongar communities have always taken care to assure the survival of animal and plant species. We always leave some honey for the bees to build on. And when the fish travel upstream to lay their eggs, we catch them on their way back down.

For Noongar people, the bush is our gourmet delicatessen. We harvest many types of yurenburt (berries), karda (goanna), bardi (witchetty grubs), yongka (kangaroo), turtles, and birds’ eggs. Food from the sea and waterways are a major resource for Noongars: djildjit (fish), wardan noorn (eel), abalone, cobbler, marron and gilgies. Fishing was traditionally carried out by men, whilst women gathered yams, berries, and quandongs.

It is an important part of Noongar custom and lore to take only what you need from nature in order to maintain biodiversity. By eating foods when they are abundant and in season, natural resources are not depleted and will still be available for the next year. As guardians of our country, we achieved balance and adaptability through thousands of years of living in harmony with the bush. Our knowledge of the seasons and managing the land was given to us by the Waugal and passed down by our Elders.

 
To view Noongar Seasons, please see details provided by South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council here.
 

Aboriginal Reference Committee

The purpose of the Aboriginal Reference Committee (ARC) is to provide a forum and opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and local stakeholders to be able to provide recommendations and feedback in regards to the implementation, ongoing monitoring and review of the City of Belmont’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017 (RAP). 

Broadly, the ARC will support the City of Belmont to meet the relevant Social Belmont actions in the Council’s Strategic Community Plan 2012 to 2032, in particular those parts of the Plan that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In addition, the ARC provides a vital link and facilitates an important consultative role amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the City of Belmont Council and staff. 

 
 

City of Belmont Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017

City of Belmont’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-2017 was successfully launched on Wednesday, 3 June 2015. The RAP has created an opportunity for the City of Belmont to clearly articulate its commitment and response to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The City of Belmont is committed to and continues to work and support the local Aboriginal community by celebrating local Aboriginal art, cultures, histories and wellness.  Connecting the City of Belmont to the local Aboriginal community and organisations will enable Aboriginal people to have their voices heard, thereby creating a safe environment in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples can live and work together.

The City of Belmont seeks to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to further create ownership for initiatives within this RAP. The City of Belmont is grateful for the contributions from the City’s Aboriginal Reference Committee (ARC), community members, stakeholders and Reconciliation Australia to develop a meaningful and achievable Plan.  The ARC consists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members (throughout the Reconciliation Action Plan, the term ‘Aboriginal’ respectfully refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities of Australia), City of Belmont staff and Council including the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer.

The City recognises the importance of meaningful engagement, mutual respect, creating trust and utilising culturally appropriate practices and protocols to truly understand the needs of local communities; to continue to build trust and create opportunities to develop positive outcomes.

To view the RAP, please click here.

To view the RAP video, please click here.


Contact Us

Please contact the City's Community Development team on 9477 7219 if you have any further queries.