What is Kaartdijin Noongar? Noongars sharing information with Noongars
Kaartdijin Noongar, or Noongar Knowledge, is one part of the Kaartdijin Noongar project which aims to share Noongar knowledge with Noongar people. The project aims to encourage Noongar people to store all types of information about their culture and history on a dedicated SWALSC computer so that it can be saved and shared with other Noongars. The underlying aim of the project is to conserve information about Noongar culture so it can help strengthen and sustain Noongar society.
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What is Kaartdijin Noongar? Noongars sharing culture with the wider community
The other part of the Kaartdijin Noongar project aims to help the Noongar people share information about Noongar history and culture with the wider community. At present, there is no authoritative web site providing detailed information about Noongar culture. Therefore, the aim of this part of the Kaartdijin Noongar project is the establishment of a web site dedicated to sharing information about Noongar culture with the wider community.
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Swan and Canning Iconic River Trails Project
Do you have any stories or yarns from the past or present about the Swan or Canning rivers? We are asking Noongar people to share their knowledge of the rivers as part of a project aimed at researching and documenting Noongar and European and natural heritage values of the rivers. Perth Region Natural Resource Management (NRM) and SWALSC have been asked to conduct stage 1 of the project which involves consultation with the Noongar community.
Stage 2 of the project will develop a plan for the interpretation of the various heritage values, and stage 3 will involve the physical development of a set of trails being established along the riverbanks. The project will acknowledge Noongar places and people, and will enable Noongar people to define how the significant places along the banks of the rivers should be interpreted.
A wide range of stakeholders are involved in this project including Swan River Trust, National Trust of Australia (WA), Landcorp, WA Planning Commission, landholders, Noongar communities, City of Perth, City of Armadale, C21, the Committee for Perth, Department of Indigenous Affairs. Stage 1 of the project is funded by a grant from Lotterywest..
What is Caring for Country?
Caring for Country is a wholistic approach to natural resource management that continues the Noongar peoples’ connection with their land. This includes looking after and monitoring the rivers and wetlands, and natural bushland in Noongar Country. It involves people working together to protect and conserve the land for the future. It also involves the sharing of skills and knowledge for employment and personal development. SWALSC has extensive experience in natural resource management and has worked closely with various catchment councils and other organisations to achieve the best possible environmental outcomes.
Caring for Country - Natural Resource Management Yued Heritage Sites Environmental and Cultural Audit Project
The Yued Heritage Sites Environmental and Cultural Audit Project was started at the beginning of 2006. The main activity of the project was to undertake a series of cultural and environmental audits with the Traditional Owners of the Yued area. The audits aimed to maximize the input of Yued people into the management of significant sites and their country. This audit process collected information about site management from a Noongar perspective. Government Agencies and other land users have greatly appreciated this information and have used it to enhance their management strategies.
The Yued Working Party had nominated a Natural Resource Management Advisory Group, who identified the important sites that were to undergo an audit through the project. A large number of audits were undertaken over the life of the project, and one outcome was the management plan that was prepared for Wedge Island.
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Mogumber Community Project
The Mogumber Community Project is based around the Mogumber Farm on the site of the old Aboriginal Reserve. The project aim to set up a framework for the sustainable management of Mogumber Farm. Similar to the Yued Audit Project an extensive cultural and environmental survey of Mogumber is being undertaken. The information gathered through the survey process was included in the final management plan. The plan provided a framework of further natural resource management actions to be undertaken in the area, which will eventually lead to the sustainable management of the site.
An additional aspect of the project included connecting with local Noongar people to share knowledge and develop their natural resource management skills. This process ensured that Noongar people were engaged in the Project and greatly strengthening the project's capacity for sustainability. The Yued Working Party nominated a Natural Resource Management Advisory Group for the Mogumber Community Project. The Advisory Group helped to guide the development of the management plan.
Native title negotiation information meetings:
Details of the next round of meetings providing information about the negotiations with the WA Government (aimed at resolving the Noongar native title claims) will be posted here shortly.
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