NAIDOC is 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'.
In the spirit of the 2021 NAIDOC week theme - 'Heal Country, heal our nation', the City acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging who have cared for country for thousands of years and who continue to care for country today.
To learn about the significance of the land on which we live, work and play today please listen to:
The video was published 3 July 2017 and was made in collaboration with the City of Bayswater, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Baigup Wetland Interest Group. Whadjuk Elders Dr Noel Nannup and Marie Taylor share their traditional Noongar knowledge, customs and stories (Dreamtime) of Baigup Biidii and the ongoing importance of the wetlands.
Balladong, Whadjuk, Nyungar Representative Mr Barry McGuire and Belinda Cox, Kangeang/Bibblemun Woman, share their traditional Noongar knowledge and culture of this special bushland; in particular, the importance of smoking ceremonies to heal people and country and the medicine and food that the bushland provides.