A spiritual journey to help acknowledge the past

2nd May 2018

A Nyungah land and culture protector says the  Western Australian Government needs to better acknowledge his people’s history if the state is to move forward as a collective voice.

A Director of the Rottnest Island Deaths Aboriginal Corporation, Iva Hayward Jackson has been travelling ancient song lines with Western Desert Senior Law man Uncle Glen Cooke. The two have been travelling to communities speaking with Aboriginal elders in an effort to help raise awareness about the history behind Rottnest Island.

Wadjemup is an island off the coast of Western Australia about 20km from Fremantle. The island became a prison for Aboriginal people after ten Aboriginal prisoners were first brought to the island in1838.

The island facility operated for nearly 100 years with more than 3000 Aboriginal men and boys believed to have been imprisoned over the years.

Mr Hayward Jackson who spoke  to CAAMA Radio spoke with during his travels in the Northern Territory says his message isn’t about making current Australians feel bad but more  about the state Government acknowledge the past so everyone can move forward together.

Western Desert Senior Law man Uncle Glen Cooke told CAAMA Radio the journey is about taking a different approach to creating change.

Both Mr Hayward Jackson and Uncle Glen are currently in Newman in the North West of Western Australia. They will be travelling to Broome, Derby, and Roebourne speaking with more first nations peoples about travelling to Wadjemup in September.