Kings Park and Botanic Garden is committed to honouring the Indigenous heritage of the Park and pays respects to the Wadjuk Nyoongar people and their culture.
With a rich Aboriginal history celebrated and honoured through art, signs, education programs, self-guided walks and place names within the Park; Kings Park is one of the best places in WA to immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and history.
For school students looking to learn more about WA’s local Aboriginal history, Kings Park Education’s series of popular, curriculum-based school programs are open to students from kindergarten to Year 12 and explore various elements of Aboriginal culture and history.
Thousands of WA school students have participated in an Aboriginal school program or special event at Kings Park Education over the past ten years, and the popularity of these programs continues to grow each year. Some of the most popular programs include ‘Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot’ and ‘Koora Koora Kaarta Koomba’ which teach students about the importance of Kings Park to local Nyoongar people, and how they lived off the land for thousands of years.
Special events that engage local Nyoongar presenters have also taken off at Kings Park Education in recent years. From the Djilba Festival, which is already booked out for September 2018, to the quarterly Nyoongar Boodja events, these special events allow students to immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture through didgeridoo and dance, tool-making, bush tucker and face painting.
In honour of National Reconciliation Week held from Sunday 27 May to Sunday 3 June 2018, we invite you to learn more about Kings Park’s rich Indigenous history. Enjoy a self-guided walk along the Boodja Gnarning Walk; visit the Aboriginal Art Gallery to admire the works on Aboriginal artists or encourage your children’s school to book into a Kings Park Education program or event specialising in Aboriginal culture and history.