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Please join us on Sunday morning, 28th May 10:30am – 12:30pm, at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, Bibra Lake, for a National Reconciliation Week event.

As part of the Centre’s commitment to reconciliation and truth-telling, you are invited to listen with us to the first-hand accounts of Elder Gerrard Shaw’s Stolen Generation experiences and to learn about the Aboriginal values of Walliabup (Bibra Lake) with Aunty Marie Taylor. Along with these talks, the Centre will be hosting several stalls on bush medicine and bush tucker, Nyungar language and storytelling, and Aboriginal tool making and art.



FREE: an open-day style event; walk in directly (no registration/RSVP required).

Venue: ​The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, WA 6163



  • 10:30 am: Guests arrive; Opening and Welcome to Country
  • 11:00 am: Spotlight – Elder Gerrard Shaw's Talk on Stolen Generation Experiences
  • 12:00 pm: Cultural Excursion - Aunty Marie Taylor's Guided Cultural Walk and Talk
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Cultural Stalls and Exhibits:
    • Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine Stall with Chelsey Thomson
    • Nyungar Language and Storytelling with Dylan Collard
    • Aboriginal Tool Making and Art with Brett Collard Jr


About this event:

We welcome you to The Wetlands Centre Cockburn in Bibra Lake, on the vibrant Djeran morning of Sunday, 28th May 2023, for this event commemorating National Reconciliation Week, a celebration of unity and understanding. This unmissable event promises an immersive experience where you can connect with the past, embrace the present, and shape a brighter future for Australia.



At the heart of this event, prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary wisdom of Elder Gerrard Shaw, a revered Nyungar Yued Whadjuk man and a true Culture Keeper. Gerrard will share his remarkable journey as part of the Stolen Generations, offering poignant first-hand accounts that shed light on the resilience and spirit of his people. This is your chance to witness a living history and learn how reconnecting with one's roots can ignite a transformative healing journey.


Cultural Excursion:

But that's not all! Delve deeper into the rich Aboriginal heritage of Walliabup (Bibra Lake) with the enchanting Aunty Marie Taylor, who will guide you on a talk and walk through the breathtaking Bibra Lake bushland. Lose yourself in the sights, sounds, and stories that have echoed through the ages, as Aunty Marie unveils the sacred Aboriginal values that have shaped this extraordinary land.


Display Stalls and Exhibits:

The event wouldn't be complete without a selection of fascinating stalls that invite you to explore the vibrant tapestry of Aboriginal culture. Check out the unique display of bush tucker and discover the profound healing properties of bush medicine at Chelsey's dedicated stall. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Nyungar language and storytelling, and gain a newfound appreciation for the power of words with Dylan. Watch in awe as young Brett masterfully demonstrates the art of Nyungar tool making and showcases awe-inspiring art that embodies the spirit of his heritage.



This exceptional event is made possible by the generous support of the City of Cockburn and is completely free to attend. Join us between 10:30am and 12:30pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2023, at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, and let your spirit soar as we celebrate reconciliation and truth together.


Commemorating National Reconciliation Week:

National Reconciliation Week stands as a pivotal moment for collective reflection upon our intertwined histories, cultures, and achievements. As we embody the resounding Voice for Generations, we forge a path towards a future where justice, equality, and reconciliation flourish. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of our cultural heritage and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of our country.

Join "Culture Keepers" and be a part of the profound impact of #NRW2023.


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