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Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground

Client: Rottnest Foundation
Location: Rottnest Island, WA
Dates: 2017 – current
Collaborators: Rottnest Foundation, Rottnest Island Authority, Karen Jacobs, Gordon Cole, Grant Revell, Joshua Kalmund, Whadjuk Nyoongar and state Aboriginal representatives

Led by Aboriginal representatives from across the state, UDLA are facilitating a process to determine an appropriate memorial for the Aboriginal Burial Ground on Wadjemup (Rottnest Island).

Wadjemup remains a very special place in the hearts and minds of all Australians.  The Burial Ground project will guide a conversation around truthful remembrance, reimagining relationships between Aboriginal people and the State.

This project is about moving toward a safe and meaningful future for Wadjemup and its rightful custodians.  It is part of a bigger act of reconciliation between the State and Aboriginal people that will lead to empowerment and respect, giving a voice to Aboriginal people whose ancestors were imprisoned on Wadjemup and are buried at the site.

The project team are currently undertaking a state-wide engagement process to determine how best to recognise and interpret the significance and cultural heritage of the site, and to provide opportunities for truth telling and healing.