What's On

When What Where Contact
Monday 27 February

Steering Committee Meeting

This will be held at the AHO with all Council representatives
AHO Not Open to the Public
Wednesday 1 March

Guringai Festival Meeting

A Guringai Festival meeting will be held
Manly Chambers Not Open to the Public
Friday 3 March

AHO Speaks at Manly Art Gallery Opening

The AHO will be speaking at the opening of the Express Yourself Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Manly Art Gallery Contact Manly Art Gallery
Friday 3 March

AHO meets with Prowise & the MEC

The AHO will be working towards video conferencing for the Guringai festival
Manly Library Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 7 March

The AHO attends the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

The AHO attends Parliament House as a nominee for the 2017 Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government
Parliament House Not Open to the Public
Wednesday 8 March

AHO Talks to Artarmon Primary School

The AHO will be talking to Year 3 Students from Artarmon Primary School about Aboriginal Heritage and Culture
Artarmon Primary School Not Open to the Public
Thursday 9 March

AHO Talks to St Thomas School

The AHO will be visiting St Thomas School to teach the students about Aboriginal Heritage & Culture and taking the children on a guided walk
St Thomas School Not Open to the Public
Thursday 16 March

AHO walks with NSW Health

The AHO will be presenting a guided walk to the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation for Health NSW
Sustainability Centre Not Open to the Public
Thursday 16 March

National Close the Gap Day

In 2014, Australians took part in National Close the Gap day to talk about, to spread the word, and to take action to improve Indigenous health. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to die 10-17 years younger than other Australians.The National Close The Gap campaign aims to achieve health equality by 2030. With events ranging from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country — anyone can take part and make a difference. https://my.oxfam.org.au/ctg
Nationally
Thursday 16 March

AHO Walks with College of General Practioners

The AHO will be conducting a guided walk around Balls Head for the College of General Practioners
Balls Head Not Open to the Public
Thursday 16 March

AHO will be speaking at Lane Cove International Women’s Day Forum

The AHO has been asked to give a presentation at the International Woman's Day Forum event held at Lane Cove Council
Terrace Function Room at 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove Carol Sinclair
Manager, Community Services
Lane Cove Council
9911 3592
Friday 17 March

AHO Visits St Luke’s Anglican School

The AHO will be giving a presentation to students at St Luke's Primary School
St Luke's Bayview Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 21 March

AHO Visits Killarney Heights Scouts

The AHO will be visiting Killarney Heights Scout group to teach the Scouts about Aboriginal Heritage & Culture
Killarney heights Scout Hall Not Open to the Public
Monday 3 April

Meditation – Happy Mind, Happy Life!

Weekly meditation Monday evenings from 3rd April 2017 to 20th February following Theme 2 of the 16 Guidelines, 'How We Act’. Note, there will be no session on Monday 24th April. 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 5 April

AHO walks with U3A

The Aboriginal Heritage Office will be walking with members of the University of the Third Age
Berry Island Not Open to the Public
Friday 7 April

AHO speaks at the Manly Art Gallery

The AHO will be speaking at the Manly Art Gallery Exhibition Child Artist Response: Human
Manly Art Gallery and Museum Contact the Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Tuesday 23 May

AHO will be Presenting During Video Conferencing

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools
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
Manly Dam Robynne Millward MEC 9976 1426
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. The AHO will be conducting a guided walk through the Warriwood wetlands and Irrawong Reserve. The Group will then travel to the CEC for a Bush Tukka lunch. The cost for this event will be $20
Warriwood Wetlands Andrew Scott 9936 8258
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
Deep Creek area Jillian McIntyre 9942 2913
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
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
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
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