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“We respectfully acknowledge the Yamaji people on whose land I live and work and I pay my respects to their Ancestors and Yamaji Barna”

Connecting Cultures - Cultural Awareness Traning

Connecting Cultures team from left: Leonie Boddington, Kathy Councillor, Jennifer Kniveton and Derek Councillor

Connecting Cultures Trainers from left: Leonie Boddington, Kathy Councillor, Jennifer Kniveton and Derek Councillor


Bundiyarra’s biggest assets are their board, staff and members. These people are a wealth of cultural knowledge to the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions. 


Many yarns at Bundiyarra have shared a common ground - they want to share their knowledge and listen to yours.  The collaboration of their personal experiences including growing up in the region, the languages they speak and dream time stories has led to the creation of ‘Connecting Cultures - Cultural Awareness Training.


Bundiyarra CEO, said that participants who complete their training will receive a Yamaji Card. 

"We will be trying to have the card endorsed so that employees can show local employers that they have completed the course locally.   We recommend people conduct the training from trainers who have lived and grown in the region.” she said.

Our training

Our training is designed to improve and enhance participants' knowlege about Aboriginal people and develop a respect for cultures.


Our trainers will share history and culture that will -

  • Assist with relating an working more effectively with Aboriginal people in the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions.
  • Help to buld partnerships based on mutual respect, understanding, cooperation and trust.
  • Promote a knowledge and understanding of cultures and experiences of Aboriginal people.

One Day Course (9.30am - 3.30pm)

Lunch & refreshments provided

Maximum 20 persons per session

$330.00 GST Inc per person


Course Content

Participants will engage with up to five local Aboriginal facilitators to undertake -

  • A brief in-depth look at the comparitive history of Australia and how it affects current work practices an Aboriginal people in today's society.
  • How Aboriginal people identify themselves.
  • The languages and culture within the Miwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions.
  • How to engage and communicate with Aboriginal people.
  • Sharing and learning stories - personal and work experiences.
  • Local Elders will share their history and knowledge.
  • Tour to local significant land and sea sites.

Tailored Options

To assist large organisations or organisations outside Greater Geraldton successfully complete our 'Connecting Cultures' training, our team can;

  • Travel to your organisation.
  • Train more than 20 participants based on size of training room available.
  • Tailor a program specific to your organisations specifications (eg health, education, mining).
  • If the training is not hosted at Bundiyarra in Geralton, or in Geralton, the tour to local significant land and sea sites may not be available.

Quotation will be provided once course specifications have been identified.

 Connecting Cultures Card


YES! You are able to make a booking for one person, multiple people or an entire training session for 20 or more people.


All particpants receive a Certificate of Participation 'Connecting Cultures' and a 'Yamaji Card'


Our Local Trainers


Jennifer Kniveton

Qualified Trainer (Cert IV Train the Trainer), Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Coordinator, Bundiyarra Member, Streeties Board Member

‘Our Black Pearl’  - Locally born and bred, Jennifer Kniveton is a qualified trainer, who has worked across WA for several years.  Working as Project Manager of the Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Program, Jenny is committed to restoring, preserving and educating language and Aboriginal culture.


Kathy Councillor

Qualifed Trainer (Cert IV Train the Trainer), Qualified Mediation and Mentor Trainer, Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Worker & Community Engagement

Kathy has a strong passion for her people and community.  Her past
involvement working with language, events and outreach programs has been led by her desire to teach youth of today, tomorrow and the future.  Kathy says it is a must in assisting to keep their culture strong and alive for many years to come. 


Derek Councillor

Elder, Owner/Operator Weeara Cultural Tours

A traditional Naaguja owner of the southern coastal part of the region, Derek has delivered Cultural  Awareness training for several years.  Being a qualified trainer (Cert IV Training & Assessment), participants will experience his strong sense of identity and spirit as he is determined to ensure that their ideal stories, language and traditions carry on, not only for their children but to give a better understanding of the oldest culture in the world.


Leonie Boddington

Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Senior Language Worker

A traditional Wajarri lady with many talents!  Leonie is a dedicated family orientated lady who is addicted to her culture.  She is a Wajarri speaker and one of the main local educators within Bundiyarra of the Wajarri language.  Leonie has travelled and worked extensively with many Elders and peoples to restore, preserve and educate Aboriginal language.


Here's what some of our participants have to say;


I was really impressed with the knowledge and diversity of the presentation and personal experiences and group discussions.



The openness of the presenters has helped my understanding of language, contemporary issues and how better to develop rapport with Aboriginal clients.

Legal Aid WA 


There are many areas of my life that I can apply the knowlege now and in plans for the future. 

City of Greater Geralton


I have a greater appreciation for how recent some of the discriminatory government policies are and the ramifications for Indigenous people in the community of today.

Legal Aid WA


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