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National Reconciliation Week 2020 program

The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week, this year, to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation.

This year’s theme, In This Together, is a reminder that Reconciliation is a personal commitment as well as journey Australians must embark on together. This includes during unprecedented times of crisis. At the heart of this journey are respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the broader community.

We invite you to check out our online National Reconciliation Week program, running from 27 May to 3 June. Tune into our free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), read our DigiTale on Bungaree, and celebrate First Nations cultures with our curated selection of music, film recommendations and kids activity sheets.



DigiTalk (FREE): The Aboriginal Trackers of NSW

Historian and author Michael Bennett will launch our National Reconciliation Week celebrations with a special instalment in our DigiTalks series...

UPDATE (26/05/2020): Registrations for this DigiTalk have now CLOSED. 

Aboriginal trackers were once an indispensable part of the NSW justice system. Between 1862 and 1973, they assisted police with bushranger arrests, murder cases and more. Join Michael Bennett (Pathfinders – A History of Aboriginal trackers) from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 27 May as he shares the stories of  several trackers including Billy Bogan, Mayella and Alec Riley. He will also divulge a few secrets about Sydney, where trackers operated until the 1950s.

[Registrations for this FREE webinar are essential. Be quick, registrations close 4pm on Tuesday 26 May.]


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DigiTale: Bungaree

Bungaree (aka King Bungaree, Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe) is a symbol of significant collaboration between Aboriginals and Europeans...

He was also the first known Australian to circumnavigate the continent and the first person described, in print, as Australian. Michele H canvasses the life of the celebrated Aboriginal pioneer, diplomat and leader, including his connection to Georges Heights in Mosman.

Image caption: 'Bungaree, A Native of N.S.Wales', lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour on paper, C. 1829-1838, Augustus Earle, Art Gallery of South Australia

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We have curated a selection of four films for people to view online between 27 May and 3 June…

For a deeper understanding of First Nations perspectives, histories and cultures, we recommend streaming these documentaries:

The Final Quarter (2019): Directed by Ian Darling, The Final Quarter draws on archival footage, photos and interviews to examine the incidents that culminated in the retirement of AFL player Adam Goodes (pictured). Available on Stan, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube.

Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015): Directed by Nicole Ma, Putuparri and the Rainmakers takes audiences on an emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia's Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland. Available on Vimeo, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube

She Who Must Be Loved (2018): Directed by Erica Glynn, She Who Must Be Loved documents the life story of Alfreda Glynn, a 78-year-old Aboriginal woman and co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and Imparja TV. Available online via NITV

Takeover (1979): Directed by David and Judith MacDougall, this timeless documentary observes the impact political and bureaucratic decisions had on the Aboriginal community of Aurukun in North Queensland. Available on SBS on Demand and Vimeo.

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Music playlists

We have curated a selection of songs and music videos featuring First Nations musicians…

Our National Reconciliation Week YouTube and Spotify playlists include videos and songs showcasing the music of Leah Flanagan, Evie J Willie, Bow and Arrow (pictured), Thaylia and Miiesha. The Harbour Trust has had the pleasure of hosting these formidable talents at Cockatoo Island as part of our popular live music series, Sunset Sessions. Enjoy!

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Kids Corner

Channel your creativity into a series of fun activity sheets created exclusively for National Reconciliation Week…

Further info

National Reconciliation Week is an annual highlight of the national calendar...

National Reconciliation Week is a time for people to celebrate the stories, cultures and achievements of our First Nations community, and to reflect on what we can do, individually and collectively as a nation, to champion unity and achieve Reconciliation. An initiative of Reconciliation Australia, it also commemorates two significant milestones: the successful 1967 Referendum (27 May) and the 1992 High Court Mabo Decision (3 June).

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.

[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.]