NAIDOC Shared Future

Emerging Aboriginal artists joined with the WA Police Force and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to create artworks that will proudly feature on specially made uniforms and vehicle wraps as part of an initiative launched during NAIDOC week celebrations.

From July 2 2017, the start of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee week, these designs are being worn by 2100 officers across Western Australia .

The designs have also been applied to seven police vehicles – one for each regional district and one for the Metropolitan Region.

Barrba Wadbirra – journey together - the interactive map of the Perth to Broome trip.

“Barrba” (journey/walk) “Wadbirra" (you and I), in Bunuba language.

The meaning of this project’s title “Barrba Wadbirra – journey together” for NAIDOC 2017 is significant in two ways. Firstly, the project originated from a conversation between Bunuba Elder June Oscar OA, recently appointed Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and the Kimberley WA Police Force Superintendent Allan Adams. The project came into fruition in the Kimberley region, then spread across the state. Barrba Wadbirra, which means “journey together” symbolically reflects this journey paying homage to its Bunuba beginnings. Secondly, the theme of NAIDOC 2017 is “Language Matters”. Naming the project in Bunuba language is important to show respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and heritage in acknowledgement of the 2017 NAIDOC theme.

Read more about the artists and their work representing the districts below.