Giv­ing his­tory a voice

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

FOR Scott Chisholm, Naidoc Week is all about com­ing to­gether as one and teach­ing the com­mu­nity about In­dige­nous his­tory.

The former Fre­man­tle Dock­ers player will be host­ing walk­ing tours and art classes at the Walyalup Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Cen­tre in Fre­man­tle. Chisholm said Naidoc Week was im­por­tant to show­case Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture as part of the com­mu­nity.

“Lo­cals can par­tic­i­pate in see­ing what we give and what they give as part of the dif­fer­ent worlds we live in,” he said.

“We have a good and long his­tory – al­most 80,000 years of his­tory – that is be­ing un­cov­ered and be­ing re­built very slowly.

“It’s about pre­sent­ing to peo­ple and show­cas­ing not just our his­tory but the lost his­tory that we need to re­veal. The most im­por­tant thing was to give our peo­ple a voice and let­ting peo­ple un­der­stand that they may not see us but we are still here.

“We have to work hard on clos­ing that gap and bring our boys and girls out of iso­la­tion. We have a cul­tural cen­tre up here now and we need the sup­port of the lo­cal peo­ple.”

The Walyalup Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Cen­tre will be putting on a range of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing Naidoc Week.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d484542

The best is his­tory... former Fre­man­tle Docker Scott Chisholm, who will be host­ing some events for Naidoc Week, says Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and his­tory must be pre­served.

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