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National Reconciliation Week 2021

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Photograph of the Gamay Dancers at Cockatoo Island by Tamati Smith
This year, to mark National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), the Harbour Trust is proud to present a program of experiences that amplify the voices of Coastal Sydney’s Traditional Owners and showcase the First Nations stories of our protected sites…

The Harbour Trust acknowledges that Reconciliation is a personal commitment as well as journey Australians must embark on together. At the heart of this journey are respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the broader community.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 emphasises an important dimension to this journey – ‘More than a word. Reconciliation Takes Action’ is a reminder that the road to Reconciliation and justice must be paved with brave, impactful actions by individuals, communities and organisations.

The Harbour Trust acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands and waters of Sydney Harbour, including the extraordinary places under our stewardship. We pay our respects to the Borogegal, Birrabirrigal, Cammeraygal, Gadigal, Gayamagal, Wallumedegal and Wangal people, including Elders past, present and emerging.

See also: The Harbour Trust’s Reconciliation Journey

The Dreamtime Story of Buriburi

Created in collaboration with the Gujaga Foundation, the Gamay Dancers and First Nations videographer Tamati Smith, this short interpretation film tells a local Dreamtime Story of Buriburi…

DigiTalk: Buriburi

In this DigiTalk, Ray Ingrey (Chairperson, Gujaga Foundation) shared a local Dreamtime Story of Buriburi, the humpback whale, and offered the perspective of Coastal Sydney's Traditional Owners...

Awareness journeys

We have curated a selection of DigiTales, Kids Corner activities and DigiTalk videos that celebrate First Nations icons, cultures and stories…

First Nations Consultation

The Harbour Trust acknowledges Car-rang-gel / North Head and Wareamah / Cockatoo Island are places of enduring significance for Aboriginal People in NSW...

First Nations voices are critically important to our conversation about the Draft Concept Vision for Wareamah / Cockatoo Island as well as Car-rang-gel / North Head, including the Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary. We invite all Traditional Owners and key knowledge holders to engage with us on Car-rang gel and Wareamah.

Opportunities to provide feedback include taking a survey, submitting an ‘expression of interest’ for a one-on-one interview and attending a yarning session. Consultation ends 5pm on Friday 11 June.

Image: Close-up of Gamay Dancer at Cockatoo Island by Tamati Smith

Gamay Dancer Close Up Cockatoo Island Tamati Smith May 2021 650X550

Further information

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The week commences on 27 May and ends on 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

National Reconciliation Week started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW.

In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, to show their support for reconciliation.

Image: Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo performing at Georges Heights, Mosman at the launch of the Harbour Trust's Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in June 2018.