Aboriginal / Cultural

The Objective of the ‘Connecting Aboriginal People’ in the RiverConnect Project is: To provide programs, activities and facilities so that the whole community can understand and better appreciate the important historical and cultural significance this area holds for its traditional owners.

There is a strong desire from many people in the community to better understand the rich and diverse legacy of Aboriginal history and culture unique to the region. The RiverConnect strategic plan sets out a range of activities intended to share this knowledge both within the Aboriginal community and with the wider community. Activities include oral history sessions, schools activities, corroboree events and development of an historic trail in the Flats area and guided tours.

Uncle Boydie sharing stories with students
Uncle Boydie sharing stories with students

Traditional Song and Dance Workshop

As part of the Activities in the Park and RiverConnect programs, locals, visiors and on-lookers were treated to a traditional song and dance event on the foreshore of Victoria Park Lake.

Dance group depicting different animals
Dance group depicting different animals
The Dance Group
The Dance Group

RiverConnect - An Aboriginal Oral History

An oral history of the Yorta Yorta people who could remember their families’ arrival in Mooroopna after the ‘walk-off’ from the Cummeragunja mission was conducted by Lois Peeler, a Yorta Yorta Elder. Lois interviewed 28 Elders who had strong memories of living in makeshift accommodation on the banks of the Goulburn River and from these recollections, Lois published RiverConnect - An Aboriginal Oral History.

RiverConnect An Aboirignal Oral History
RiverConnect An Aboirignal Oral History

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In this Section

  • Aboriginal Action Working Group
    The function of the Aboriginal Action Working Group is to advise on programs, activities and facilities that will enable the whole community to understand and better appreciate Aboriginal history and culture in the RiverConnect area.
  • The Flats
    The Flats is a significant cultural area located on the floodplain between Shepparton and Mooroopna.