RAP Committee Update 14/08/19


How great was it to see all the amazing AILA WA projects displayed across the many Aboriginal countries at the recent AILA WA awards?!  It is certainly good to have a visual reminder of the many Aboriginal nations we work across in our profession.  Having our awards, and a majority of our work on the lands of the Wadjuk people it was wonderful that we had Karen Jacobs, Wadjuk Traditional Owner,  Welcome us to Country.  Hearing her speak about her experience running a landscape business as an Aboriginal women in WA was one of the highlights of the night.

The RAP team are continuing to implement our WA actions beyond the awards and Naidoc week.  We have reached out to most WA firms to seek input on where you stand with your own RAP or how your business may work with the AILA RAP to continue to build  positive relationships between Indigenous people and the landscape architecture profession.  We will continue to touch base with individual companies to strengthen opportunities to implement the RAP, however if you would like to hear from us sooner, or get involved, please email wa@aila.org.au to receive our recent minutes and an invite to our next meeting.


Shea Hatch

RAP Committee Update - 17/07/19


Hope you all managed to get along to some NAIDOC events last week, but what other opportunities are there to engage with Aboriginal culture the rest of the year?

  • The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) in Fremantle run classes and courses all year round themed by the Noongar seasons, Makuru, Djilba, Kambarang, Birak, Bunuru and Djeran.These include Noongar storytelling, art workshops and language classes.https://www.facebook.com/Walyalup/
  • Curtin University offers a Noongar Language and Culture course online.This comes highly recommended from RAP committee member Tilly Caddy! https://www.edx.org/course/noongar-language-and-culture-0
  • The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) is a great resource for finding tours and other Aboriginal programs and businesses.https://waitoc.com/
  • Read ‘Dark Emu. Black seeds: agriculture or accident’ by Bruce Pascoe.Or read the kids in your life ‘Young Dark Emu’.Pascoe challenges the colonial myth of the hunter gatherer and takes an in depth look at Aboriginal land management practices.
  • Attend Social Impact Festival 2019:Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards a Just and Sustainable Society.Held this week at UWA and for the first time has been designed and led by Aboriginal leaders.https://socialimpactfestival.org/
  • Read this great article by National NAIDOC committee member Shannan Dodson ‘8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better Indigenous Ally. https://10daily.com.au/views/a190712rkzuj/8-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-be-a-better-indigenous-ally-20190712

 The RAP implementation committee and AILA WA are working towards offering more cultural CPD events for members throughout the year, so watch this space!  If you know of a great resource or event you think members would be interested in, let us know.

Rasheen Lee

AILA WA RAP Implementation Committee