The Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC) celebrated the beginning of their second year in the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program with a Cultural Information Day at their Wedge Island base.
The day began with Yued Elder Mr Charlie Shaw warmly welcoming everyone to the beautiful Yued Country and inviting everyone to be part of a smoking ceremony.
This was followed by Annie Shaw from KMAC explaining some of the work the team have undertaken and also introducing the members of the Yued Ranger Team – senior Rangers, brothers Chris and Jason Shaw, and trainee Rangers Jordan Jackamarra and Caleb Shaw.
Displays were available for visitors to learn about past projects, Aboriginal Art, and examples of bush food, artefacts and tools from the Yued area. Striking quandong necklaces that represented the six Noongar seasons were a popular item for sale, made by Noongar Artist Mary Nannup.
A Smoking ceremony and kangaroo stew were some of the other cultural experiences that the Yued Ranger Team hosted – along with tours of midden sites and bush food catering to name a few.
Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator Bianca McNeair was privileged to be invited to KMAC’s Cultural Information Day and said that “It was an honour to be standing in this place that had been so important to many people over many hundreds of years.”
“Cultural training such as learning how to conduct a smoking ceremony is as much a part of the trainee Rangers work plan as is the conservation training, seed collection and revegetation.”
KMAC Yued Rangers have hosted a number of conservation groups and contributed their skills and knowledge towards many projects in the Wedge Island and surrounding areas – including field surveys and equipment training with the Defence Force, and Fairy Tern monitoring with Conservation Council WA.
KMAC Coordinator Annie Shaw said “KMAC is delighted to partner with NACC and the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program. This program will assist us to be able to support unemployed Aboriginal people and offer cultural and conservation training to care for Boodja [Noongar language for Country] and provide varied opportunities for future employment.”
The Midwest Aboriginal Ranger program is proudly supported by NACC with funding from The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Indigenous Advancement Strategy.