The Aboriginal Culture and History (WA) (ACHWA) division works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promote reconciliation in the wider WA community. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal culture and history in WA.
Our work is broken down into four key areas:
AHRU provides an invaluable and critical family history research service to the Western Australian Aboriginal community assisting families to identify important ancestral information and links. AHRU also provides expert research and advice to Native Title and general researchers.
ACHWA provides grant funding to schools in Western Australia to undertake projects that promote and advance reconciliation through the PALS Program. PALS projects promote cultural awareness and understanding in schools providing the opportunity for students to learn more about Aboriginal cultures in an engaging way, whilst creating opportunities for Aboriginal students to be proud of their culture and identity.
To celebrate and recognise the importance of National Reconciliation Week (27 May- 3 June), ACHWA coordinates the annual Street Banner Project across Western Australia. The Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project enables organisations to promote their commitment to creating an inclusive community for all Australians.
ACHWA utilises its extensive cultural asset collection and historical research expertise to develop projects in partnership with the Aboriginal community, government and non-government organisations. ACHWA's research projects promote our shared history of Australia.