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Case Study: wadjemup aboriginal burial ground

Facilitating a conversation about memorialisation of a sacred and significant place

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THE CHALLENGE:

The Rottnest Foundation were looking for a collaborative way to guide the conversation around truthful remembrance at Wadjemup.

THE SOLUTION:

Led by Aboriginal representatives from across the state, we are facilitating a process to determine an appropriate memorial for the Aboriginal Burial Ground on Wadjemup (Rottnest Island). We’re currently undertaking a state-wide engagement process to determine how best to recognise and interpret the significance and cultural heritage of the site, and to provide opportunities for truth-telling and healing.

THE OUTCOME:

This project is about moving toward a safe and meaningful future for Wadjemup and its rightful custodians. It is part of a bigger act of reconciliation between the State and Aboriginal people that will lead to empowerment and respect, giving a voice to Aboriginal people whose ancestors were imprisoned on Wadjemup and are buried at the site.

THE DETAILS:

Client: Rottnest Foundation
Location: Rottnest Island, WA
Dates: 2017 – current
Collaborators: Rottnest Foundation, Rottnest Island Authority, Karen Jacobs, Gordon Cole, Grant Revell, Joshua Kalmund, Whadjuk Nyoongar and state Aboriginal representatives:


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