The Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) recently completed a project to repatriate ancestral remains to Western Australian soil. This occurred following years of negotiations to retrieve remains from museums both overseas and interstate.
The Bardi Jawi community held ceremonies to lay the remains of their people back to their rightful coastal resting place (otherwise known as One Arm Point), from which they were taken during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Bardi Jawi community who attended the ceremonies described it as emotional and cathartic.
Wes Morris, KALACC Coordinator thanked the Browse Joint Venture (BJV) for its long history of support. The BJV was a key contributor in the repatriation process, funding the costs associated with bringing these important remains home.
The BJV support KALACC, among other local not-for-profit organisations, as part of building and maintaining strong relationships with local communities based on mutual respect and trust. Since 2006, the BJV has invested close to A$4 million in the Kimberley region through Woodside's social investment program.
To learn more about KALACC and its current projects, visit: http://www.kalacc.org.au/home