For Indigenous Australians

Your Stories, Your Voices, Your State Library

One of the key aims of the State Library is to ensure that Western Australia's diverse cultural heritage is collected and preserved. Through this role we support all Western Australians in accessing these resources to promote a shared understanding of our history and of the different perspectives of our diverse community groups.

A significant part of our history and our collections tells stories about the early colonisation and settlement of Western Australia and the devastating impacts of this on Aboriginal people. It is an area of our history that has traditionally been told from a European perspective but is increasingly acknowledging Aboriginal voices and perspectives. The State Library is committed to building on the perspectives and interests of Aboriginal Western Australians and reflecting ongoing interests, concerns, achievements and perspectives in our collections.

NAIDOC Week 2016: 3-10 July

NAIDOC 2016: First Peoples | First Stories Exhibition

The State Library of WA invites you to explore and discover achievements by our first peoples. Around the Library are key images and stories that show the extraordinary ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resilience has shaped the Western Australian story. 

Start your journey on the ground floor with Fanny Balbuk and an exploration of the her songline - a story of speaking out and walking on to protest the occupation of her traditional lands in and around Perth. Explore the Library to celebrate stories including the first Aboriginal newspaper in WA, the Gogo Cave School and the strength of Noongar men and women who maintained their culture, language and identity.   

The NAIDOC 2016 theme is 'Songlines: The living narrative of our nation', explore these stories and the state collections using the links below:

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The Storylines Project

The State Library is working on a pilot project using the Ara Irititja software platform. We are managing a state-wide archive to provide easy access to our heritage collections for Aboriginal people around Western Australia.

More information about the Storylines project can be found here.

Programs & Services

The State Library offers specialised tours, workshops, educational programs and events in all of our specialist collection areas, including our Indigenous collections. See our What's On pages for an up to date list of tours and events available or contact us to arrange a consultation by email or by phone (08) 9427 3111.


Our library is guided by the Position Statement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services and Collections developed by the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA).

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia. 

Our policies for the management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander library services and collections are guided by national and international protocols. These protocols ensure that collections and services are accessible, appropriate and responsive to the needs and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

These protocols and policy frameworks include:

We welcome your feedback and advice in regards to our Indigenous collections, services and programs to or phone (08) 9427 3111 in the first instance.

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Page last updated: Thursday 30 June 2016

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