It was an absolute privilege for the Shelter WA team to attend Noongar Mia Mia’s celebrations on Noongar boodja (country) this week.
The Noongar Mia Mia team opened the event with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country inspiring us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! the NAIDOC week theme, and encourage communities to come together and champion institutional, structural, collaborative and cooperative change while celebrating those who have driven positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
For Noongar Mia Mia’s Director Bettina Pickett NAIDOC week celebrates the oldest living and continuous culture in the world.
“Noongar Mia Mia have been around for twenty-one years, and we are grounded in the concept of DOYNTJ-DOYNTJ KOORLINY going along together,” Ms Pickett said.
“It also offers a platform to connect with our mob and partners and be proud and united as one.”
Shelter WA thanks Bettina Pickett for a fantastic day.
Whiteman Park sits on the traditional lands of the Mooro people in Wadjuk country, part of the Noongar nation that covers the southwest of Western Australia.
Much of the land that makes up Whiteman Park has high cultural significance for the local Noongar people, with strong mythological and historical connections. The Park has extensive wetland systems associated with Bennett Brook and its tributaries, with most of the registered Aboriginal Heritage sites within the Park connected with the Brook.