Cultural awareness/competency programs; cultural educators and storytellers

In this section, educators can find information about practitioners in the areas of cultural awareness, cultural competency, traditional knowledge and/or storytelling.
Further reading here will engage users in “… a shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience of learning together…” (Carol Innes, South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council , presentation hosted by ArtsEdge, September 2013)

Western Australian (WA) awareness and reconciliation peak bodies and programs:

National awareness and reconciliation peak bodies and programs: 

Western Australian cultural awareness/competency providers or programs:

  • Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) – based in Fitzroy Crossing KALACC support the traditional cultural practices of the 30 language groups of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. KALACC encourages the participation of these groups in song, story and dance, as they keep their culture strong through sharing their knowledge with people through performance and through cultural practices. KALACC has strong links with the Kimberley Land Council and with the Kimberley Language Resource Centre.
  • Kaatdijin Noongar (WA): Sharing Noongar culture, protocols, identity, spirituality, food, language, Noongar lore etc. (NB. Different spellings of Noongar include: Nyoongar, Njonga, Nyungar, Nyunga, Yunga, Nyungah).
  • Kooya Consultancy (WA) - is an Aboriginal owned consultancy firm that offers comprehensive and professional Aboriginal education, training and consultancy services to the business and industry sector, community, private, government and non-government sectors. 
  • Bindi Bindi Dreaming – Explore Noongar Boodja (WA) .
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation - Cultural Advice for People working with Aboriginal Communities in the Pilbara and Yamatji Regions of WA. See also web chapter Working in ATSI communities - advice for artists.
  • Ethical Engagement Consultancy (Geraldton) - Cultural awareness and heritage services.
  • Yelakitj Moort Nyungar Association Inc. (WA) – Nyungar Know How workshops.
  • Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council
  • Replants – Indigenous Storytelling (WA): Cultural evenings with respected Noongar Elder Dr Noel Nannup, sharing stories and the ‘knowings and beings’ of the Noongar people.
  • National Trust (WA) - We’re a Dreaming Country: Guidelines for Interpretation of Aboriginal Heritage (2012).
  • Indigenous Tours WA – Koora-Middi Program in Fremantle for Years 2-10: Indigenous History, Dreamtime stories and bush tools session.
  • King's Park Education- Annual programs provided by Kings Park and Botanic Garden Education.
  • Codeswitch - A global strategic agency that works with organisations to co-design creative solutions for positive impacts. This full service agency is backed by a multi-disciplinary team of creative Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal strategists delivering - Business Strategy, Community Engagement, and Leader Capability.
  • Waringarri Aborigial Arts - The land of the Miriwoong people covers a large tract of country straddling the Western Australian and Northern Territory border and includes the township of Kununurra in the East Kimberley, Lake Argyle, the Keep River and the Ord River irrigation area. Learn about Miriwoong culture and art by visiting Waringarri's public art sites; Arts Centre tours also available.
  • Urban Indigenous - provides school incursions, cultural awareness training, study tours and camps.

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Other cultural awareness/competency providers or programs:

Cultural awareness/competency programs in education:

  • Culture 2.0 - Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. The aim of this program is to encourage students to explore and discuss their ideas about 'what culture means to them' through a framework of theatre workshops with the potential to create a performance-based outcome. For more information go to Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company at
  • Catholic Education Office of Western Australia – GECKOS: Growing Enriched Cultural Knowledge in Our Schools provides ideas, activities and resources designed to support integration of Aboriginal perspectives. See also web chapter ATSI arts, culture and education policies and programs.
  • Aboriginal Education and Training Council (WA) - Our Story: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training Program for the Education Sector, 1997
  • Central Institute of Technology (WA) -  Cultural Awareness Training (Resource booklet).
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Aboriginal Education course outline. 
  • Sharing Culture - Cultural education program providing two way learning opportunities.
  • Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation: A youth-driven not-for-profit organisation that works closely with young people in remote Indigenous communities in North Western Australia and High Schools in the Perth metropolitan area.
  • The University of Western Australia - Centre for Learning Technology: Moorditj - Australian Indigenous Cultural Expressions. Moorditj in your Classroom is a resource file which contains student worksheets, teaching strategies and planning ideas and linking to the Western Australian Curriculum.
  • Noongar Institute of Western Australia (NIWA) - the NIWA vision is to inspire a community of learning founded in recognising the value of sustained relationships between Land/Country and Origins, People and Story, Respect and Community Enterprise to build a spirit of reconciliation. The NIWA strategy aims to provide for students and families that for various reasons do not access other educational systems and will enable students to pursue a pathway to transition into self-determined further education and employment partnering with registered agencies and leveraging existing programs.
  • J.D. Penangke Art - provides Aboriginal art and cultural workshops for schools, organisations, companies and community events. Other services include commissions for paintings, Aboriginal dance lessons for students, wall murals, Indigenous face painting and sand murals. 

See also information in web chapter Indigenous Arts, Cultural and Language Centres.

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