Celebrating Aboriginal ceremony, tradition & culture
Council, in conjunction with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, holds the annual Koojay Corroboree on Coogee Beach to launch Reconciliation Week.
The sands of Coogee Beach will come to life as Aboriginal Dancers perform traditional and contemporary dance in a ceremonial Corroboree, an event where Australia’s first people interact with the Dreamtime through dance, music and costume. The Koojay Corroboree will feature live performances, fire displays and cultural activities. There will also be interactive activities such as Boomerang Masterclasses, Didgeridoo Playing workshops, create your own piece of Shell Art workshop and traditional face painting.
The Corroboree is held during National Reconciliation Week; a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort and take fresh action in creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships.
Reconciliation Week - National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey:
- The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.
- The 1967 successful referendum paved the way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted in the census and gave Commonwealth Government powers to make laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- The Mabo decision by the High Court of Australia turned over the notion of terra-nullius recognising Aboriginal native title of the lands of Australia.
- The theme for #NRW2019 is ‘Grounded in Truth - Walk together in Courage’.
Koojay Corroboree was first held in 2015 and has grown in to a significant Council event. The Koojay Corroboree is a celebration of the continuation of local Aboriginal culture and knowledge. Previously Council has hosted Koojay Corroboree to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week however due to the unpredictability of the spread of COVID, changing restrictions and to protect the safety of the public during the pandemic it was decided not to proceed with Koojay in 2021. We are looking forward to returning in 2022.