UCW is happy to celebrate the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We especially celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in particular the people of the Noongar Nation on which many of our services operate.

We acknowledge the Noongar People as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we provide our services and recognise their unique and spiritual connection to country and waters. 

We recognise that Aboriginal People are the oldest continuing culture in the world and value this. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. 

The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, celebrated each year on 9 August, highlights the importance of building strong relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994. August 9 is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.

This year’s theme is “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement”.

Many Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not wish to use the term Indigenous and prefer Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 

You can find an AIATSIS publication called Noongar People, Noongar Land - The Resilience of Aboriginal Culture in the South West of Western Australia here.

To find out more about Noongar Peoples and Culture please have a look at the Kaartjijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge website. Kaartdijin in Noongar means 'knowledge'. Noongar people have lived in the south-west of Western Australia for more than 45,000 years. The aim of the Kaartdijin website is to share the richness of our knowledge, culture and history in order to strengthen our community and promote wider understanding.

Click on the image on the right to learn about some Noongar people who have featured a sense of Cultural identity and contributed to the Noongar community, preserving culture and practices. Please be aware that some of the people pictured are no longer with us.