Social Clubs and Support Groups

The City hosts regular activities, events and programs for Aboriginal people in Cockburn. These include annual events such as NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week as well as regular programs such as the Kwobarup Social Club and the My Time, Our Time group. 

Reconciliation Week 2022 - Be Brave. Make Change.

27 May - 3 June 2022

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians - individuals, families, communities, organisations and government to 'Be Brave' and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can 'Make Change' for the benefit of all Australians.

Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National Reconciliation Week but every week of the year.

What is National Sorry Day?

On 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd moved a motion of apology to Indigenous Australians. It was a formal apology on behalf of the successive parliaments and governments whose policies and laws inflicted suffering and loss on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 
Since then, each year on the 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were taken from their families and communities, which we know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. This day acknowledges the strength of the Stolen Generation survivors and reflects on how we can all play a part in the healing process. It provides a chance to focus on healing and pursue reconciliation in Australia.
 
Learn more
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions experienced by The Stolen Generations. For more information on the Healing Foundations please visit their website; www.healingfoundation.org.au
 

NAIDOC Week 2022 - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

4-11 July 2022

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year's theme is 'Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up'. The theme encourages all of us to 'champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.'

Annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Events

The City hosts annual NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week programs. For a full list of activities during these weeks, please visit the Events Calendar.

Regular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Kwobarup Social Club

Kwobarup is an Aboriginal service that supports our elders and seniors within the City of Cockburn. The program offers a range of services that will strengthen your connection with culture and community. Kwobarup services include centre-based respite, home help and support including transport to and from our day centre.
Our days consists of:

  • Low intensity exercises
  • Balanced and healthy dietary needs
  • NDIS support workers
  • Disability and Inclusion for all participants
  • Aboriginal/Nyungar worker at Kwobarup
  • Story telling
  • Social activities strengthening our culture
The way we strengthen our culture through art, music, food and celebration. We celebrate and remember our history by;
  • National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June Theme 2022: Be Brave. Make Change.
  • Sorry Day 26 May - We remember our families and children who were affected by the Stolen Generation
  • NAIDOC Week 3 July – 10 July Theme 2022: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

We are located on Whadjuk Boodja in the Jean Willis Centre, Kwobarup Building, Cnr of Healy Road and Ingram Road Hamilton Hill. Please contact the centre on 08 9411 3444.

Kwobarup Event 2022: Reconciliation Week Event will be held at the Cockburn Care Jean Willis Centre.

Our elders will experience the following:

  • Smoking ceremony
  • Welcome to Country
  • Bush Tucker - Kangaroo and Damper
  • Bush Medicine Activity with a traditional custodian
NAIDOC Week 2022 - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! - 4-11 July 2022

Reconciliation Week 2022 - Be Brave. Make Change. - 27 May - 3 June 2022

My Time Ngaany Djang

My Time is an Aboriginal Parent Support Group. The group yarns about experiences and learning about family connection over food and friendships. My Time is open to Aboriginal families from Tuesday the 15th of February 2022 until the 5th of April at the Coolbellup Hub 90 Cordelia Ave, Coolbellup from 12-2pm. My Time has lunch provided for the families and free creche for the children. 

My Time, is an Australian Government initiative, which is organised by the Parenting Research Centre and locally coordinated and supported by Ngala Community Services.

2022 Reconciliation Week Event will be held at the Coolbellup Hub.

Our parents and grandparents will experience the following:
  • Smoking ceremony
  • Welcome to Country
  • Bush Tucker - Kangaroo and Damper
  • Bush Medicine Activity with a traditional custodian
NAIDOC Week 2022 - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! - 4-11 July 2022

Reconciliation Week 2022 - Be Brave. Make Change. - 27 May - 3 June 2022

Nyit Djinda Aboriginal Playgroup

Wanju Wanju 'Welcome'
The Aboriginal Health Team welcomes parents and carers with children aged 0-4 years to attend our Niny Djinda playgroup at Coolbellup Community Hub every Tuesday during school terms, 9.45-11.45am. Come and have a cuppa, meet new families and help your little ones learn through play. Includes indoor and outdoor play, craft activities, storytime, playdough and includes child health and development advice. Transport can be provided on request. Call 6332 0100 for more information.

Storylines

Storylines explores the last 125 years of Aboriginal history through the State Library of WA’s heritage collections. View photographs and learn more about Aboriginal people and places. For more information or to help identify people and places in the collection email [email protected] or visit the Storylines WA website opens in a new window.

More information and contact

For more information on activities, events and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please contact the City’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]. Please see the City’s Events Calendar for a full list of events in Cockburn.

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Contact

Address

9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.