[by Michelle White]
Noongar Boodja - short film calls for dual Noongar names
At CAN, we believe one of Australia's biggest steps towards reconciliation is the inclusion of Aboriginal language, stories and culture in the truth telling of our nation's story.
That's why we have chosen the start of National Reconciliation Week for the public release of our community-made film Noongar Boodja.
This half hour documentary is a stunning cinematic story that explores the importance and meaning of Noongar place names across the Great Southern of WA.
Created by students from the local Follow the Dream program and young Aboriginal people in Albany, Noongar Boodja also features Menang Elders leading the call for the use of Noongar names.
"I guess what we are trying to get through to the agencies is that we don't want to rename them, we actually want to dual name them," said Albany Elder, Vernice Gillies.
It's an issue that has become more topical with Fremantle's Mayor suggesting the port city should also be known by its traditional name, Walyalup.
However this film's exploration of Noongar place names is the result of work that CAn has been doing for several years and is based on Professor Len Collard's long-time research.
Led by filmmakers Rafael Baro and Lincoln MacKinnon, this community made work will take you on an incredible journey as you learn traditional names and stories behind prominent locations and gain an insight into why it's so important for us all to embrace our shared Aboriginal history.
Watch the video below
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