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Thursday 27 April

AHO Visits Mowbray Public School

The AHO will be visiting Mowbray Public School to speak to Years 3 and 4 about First Contact and to years 5 and 6 about Aboriginal Culture and Heritage
Mowbray Public School Not Open to the Public
Monday 1 May

Meditation – Happy Mind, Happy Life!

Weekly meditation Monday evenings from 1st May 2017  following Theme 2 of the 16 Guidelines, 'How We Act’ - every skillful action makes a better world. The 16 Guidelines come from the inspirational values and principles that the great 7th century Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo, introduced to his people - methods and tools "to make life better". They played a crucial part in changing Tibet from a warlike nation into a civilization renowned for its peace and serenity. The 16 Guidelines are an excellent framework for improving your own life, as well as providing tools for helping others. Includes brief instructions and guided meditations - suitable for new and seasoned meditators. Come any week. 6.30pm - 7.30pm (Cost: free) Manly Meditation Group (www.vajrayana.com.au) About the Facilitator Phil Hunt has taken part in Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreats and teachings in Tibet, Nepal, India, USA, Australia and elsewhere and has lead meditation classes for many years.
Aboriginal Heritage Office, 1 Pittwater Rd, Manly Phil Hunt, 9976 1687 or aho@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday 10 May

AHO Visits Brookvale Public School

The AHO will be visiting Brookvale Public School to speak to Years 5 and 6 about Aboriginal Heritage and Culture
Brookvale Public School Not Open to the Public
Thursday 18 May

AHO Walks with Neutral Bay Primary School

The AHO will be walking with Neutral Bay Primary School to speak to Year 3 about Aboriginal Heritage and Culture
Coal Loader Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 23 May

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 1

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

 
All over Not Open to the Public
Friday 26 May

National SORRY Day

National Sorry Day is a very significant day for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors. The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home Report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, communities and cultural identity. This removal and separation was carried out under Federal, State and Territory laws and policies from the 1800s to the 1970s. http://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-sorry-day
Nationally
Friday 26 May

Beginning of the 2017 Guringai Festival

The beginning of the 2017 Guringai Festival which is an annual celebration of indigenous culture and heritage, starting in May with National Sorry Day and running until the end of NAIDOC Week in July. Welcome to another year of celebrating First Australian culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region. Welcome to the Guringai Festival 2017, we are still here and we are still going strong! Once again we have a long list of activities that commemorate, celebrate and create spaces and places for those important conversations to be had. We invite you to come along; attend a concert; film night, forum, art exhibition or bush walk, which has all been created for you and your families enjoyment. Once again, welcome to this years Guringai Festival. Keep your eyes open for our program and poster which will feature an Artwork from one of the Primary Age children in the area of the festival  
Northern Sydney Region / Access Program
Friday 26 May

AHO Speaks at Manly Art Gallery Exhibition

The AHO will be speaking at the opening of the Sharing Stories Exhibition as part of the Guringai Festival
Manly Art Gallery & Museum Contact the Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Saturday 27 May

AHO Walks with MEC at Manly Dam for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking with the MEC for the 2017 Guringai Festival 2017. Join Manly Environment Centre and Karen Smith, Aboriginal Heritage Officer, on a guided walk looking at the surroundings and bushland along Gulgayda Muru. Learn more about your local Aboriginal heritage and culture along with how they lived in this environment around Manly Dam. Bring water. Refreshments provided. Bookings essential, numbers limited.  
Manly Dam, Gulgadya Muru Track Robynne Millward
robynne.millward@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Sunday 28 May

AHO Walks with North Sydney Bush Care for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be partnering with North Sydney Council and the Coastal Environment Centre for the Guringai festival.

Connect to Country on a guided walk through Warriewood Wetlands with the AHO Education Officer for the Guringai Festival. Bush Tucker lunch provided, cost $20/pp. Recommended for ages 12 yrs and above. Medium grade walk.

 
Warriwood Wetlands Andrew Scott 9936 8258
Tuesday 30 May

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 2

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Thursday 1 June

AHO is the MC for Lane Cove Children’s Voices of Reconciliation

The AHO will be the MC for the Children from 5 to 7 schools who participate in the Childrens Voices of Reconcilaition
Lane Cove Plaze Amy Wilson Lane Cove Council
Saturday 3 June

AHO Walks for Ku-ring-gai Council for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking Echo Point accompanied by Ku-ring-gai Council Bushcare as part of the Guringai Festival  
Echo Point Kathy Kai 9424 0933
Sunday 4 June

AHO Walks with Northern Beaches Council for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking through the Deep Creek area with the Northern Beaches Council bushcare as part of the Guringai Festival.

Join a tour to discover how aboriginal people used this area and experience this unique place. The walk reveals waterfalls, rock pools and bush food. Guided by the Aboriginal Heritage Office, you may see evidence of Aboriginal life and you could be lucky enough to discover the remains of ancient camp sites. The walk will take over an hour and will finish with a BBQ on the edge of Deep Creek. RSVP required by phone before Friday 26 May.

 
Deep Creek Reserve Jillian McIntyre 9942 2913
Tuesday 6 June

AHO Visits Manly Selective Campus

The AHO will be visiting Manly Selective Campus to speak to Year 10 about Aboriginal Heritage and Culture, as well as rights and freedoms
Manly Selective Campus Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 6 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 3

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 13 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 4

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Sunday 18 June

AHO Walks for the MEC for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking to the North Head Sanctuary from Little Manly Where the group will be joined by Aunty Francis Bodkin This is part of the Guringai Festival
Manly area Robynne Millward 9976 1426
Tuesday 20 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 5

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Saturday 24 June

AHO Walks with Lane Cove Council for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be leading a guided walk in the Lane Cove area. This will be followed by a Bush Tucker Lunch.

Discover the rich heritage of the Lane Cove area. Not only did this Saltwater Country provide everything the Wallamedegal & Cameraygal needed but these waterways provided trade opportunities across the Sydney basin. Connect with Aboriginal culture and join the Aboriginal Heritage Office and their Education guide Karen Smith. After the walk, we will share an exciting bush tucker lunch & conversation. Bookings essential.

 
Tamborine Bay Reserve Enquiries: bushinterp@lanecove.nsw.gov.au
Sunday 25 June

AHO Walks with Willoughby Council for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking at Warners Park with the Bushcare team from Willoughby Council for the Guringai Festival
Warners Park Bushcare Willoughby Council
Sunday 2 July

NAIDOC WEEK – Our Languages Matter

2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017. NAIDOC Week runs from the  2nd July to the 9th July The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on
Nationally Events held across Australia are open to the public
Tuesday 4 July

AHO Speaks at the Launch of Weaving Bridges Project: A NAIDOC Week Event

Northern Beaches Council , Manly Environment Centre, Manly Community Centre, Northern Beaches Aboriginal Community members, Northside Community Forum In, Sanctuary Respite Centre, One Door Mental Health, community groups, individuals as well as school children, join together to weave, knit and crochet artworks around the theme of – ‘Connect’.

These artworks create a large textile landscape for this year’s Weaving Bridges Project, which is to be installed on the Stuart Somerville Bridge, Queenscliff. A NAIDOC Week event, the Launch Ceremony includes guest speakers such as the AHO, a smoking ceremony, didgeridoo performance, entertainment and the unveiling of the installation. Morning tea will be served.

 
Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club Robynne Millward
robynne.millward@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday 5 July

Walk & Talk Series: Waterfall Walk Manly Dam – A NAIDOC Week Event

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a bush walk to the Waterfall through Manly Dam with Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith. Learn more about the original inhabitants, the environment they lived in, the food and plants of this area that sustained Indigenous communities in this area. The 2017 NAIDOC theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their  and and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Bring water, hat, bushtucker.

 
Manly Dam Enquiries: Robynne Millward
Northern Beaches Council
robynne.millward@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Saturday 16 September

AHO Walks with MEC at Manly Dam

The Aboriginal Heritage Office will be walking with the Manly Environment Centre to take advantage of the Wildflower season at Manly Dam
Manly Dam Robynne Millward 9976 1426
Monday 13 November

AHO Visits St Ives Grammar School

The AHO will be giving a presentation on Aboriginal Heritage and Culture to children from the St Ives Grammar School
St Ives Grammar School Not Open to the Public