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Sunday 21 January

AHO Talks at Discovery Day North Head

The Aboriginal Heritage Office will be giving two Talks at Discovery Day of North Head Location: Building 205, behind the Bella Vista Café across the road from the Visitor Centre Starting time: 10:30am – 12noon and repeated at 1:00 – 2:30pm Celebrate 21 years of North Head as a protected sanctuary. Discovery Day is a collaboration between the Harbour Trust, NSW National Parks & Wildlife, Q Station, Northern Beaches Council and Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Other valued partners contributing to the program of events include the Aboriginal Heritage Office, North Head Sanctuary Foundation, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Manly Environment Centre and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Join us on 21 January from 10am-4pm for a FREE program of talks, tours, art workshops and exhibitions, as well as activities for the kids. While ALL the Discovery Day programs are FREE, we recommend that you register your interest so that you don’t miss out. For program details and more information, go to: harbourtrust.gov.au/discovery-day
North Head Scenic Drive Manly NSW 2095 harbourtrust.gov.au/discovery-day
Friday 26 January

YABUN 2018

First held at Redfern Park in 2003, Yabun Festival continues in the tradition of Aboriginal ‘Survival Day’ gatherings. These gatherings, held to coincide with Australia Day, have occurred throughout the country since as early as the 1930’s, and seek to commemorate, bring attention to, and celebrate the survival of Australia’s Indigenous cultures in the face of European invasion. Starting out with a single stage and under 10 stalls, Yabun quickly grew to become Sydney’s major Survival Day event, eventually moving to its current home in Victoria Park, Camperdown, where it now features two performance stages, over 100 stalls, and a wide range of festival components. Yabun is a highly anticipated event that provides a positive social space for audiences to celebrate, share, and immerse themselves in the world’s oldest surviving culture. Since its inception, Yabun has been produced by Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation (GIS). GIS was established in 1993 in Redfern as an Indigenous arts/media organisation servicing greater Sydney. The inner Sydney suburb of Redfern has long been the home of one of the cities largest Aboriginal communities, and a focal point for Indigenous gatherings, protests and celebrations. GIS continues to operate from its studios and offices in Redfern where it maintains close ties with the local Aboriginal community, and is recognised as being an important community asset and platform for Indigenous expression and artistic development. GIS obtained its fulltime broadcast license (Koori Radio 93.7FM) in 2001 and now provides a range of of broadcast and cultural services across the Sydney region. Koori Radio is the only radio station in Sydney dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and issues. Many of Koori Radio’s broadcasters and staff have come from the local Redfern community.
Victoria park Camperdown Open to the Public
Wednesday 7 March

AHO Training for Councils

Aboriginal Sites Awareness Training for Council staff - Refresher Course.
Coal Loader for Sustainability, Waverton Not Open to the Public
Thursday 8 March

AHO Training for Councils

Aboriginal Sites Awareness Training for Council staff - Compliance Officer Staff.
Coal Loader for Sustainability, Waverton Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 13 March

AHO Training for Councils

Aboriginal Sites Awareness Training for Council staff - Land Management and Outdoor Staff.
Coal Loader for Sustainability, Waverton Not Open to the Public
Wednesday 14 March

AHO Training for Councils

Aboriginal Sites Awareness Training for Council staff - Planner and Project Manager Staff.
Coal Loader for Sustainability, Waverton Not Open to the Public
Sunday 8 July


NAIDOC 2018: Because of her, we can!

Statement by National NAIDOC Co-Chairs Dr Anne Martin & Mr Ben Mitchell NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels. As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art. They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on. They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters. Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished. For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were there at first contact. They were there at the Torres Strait Pearlers strike in 1936, the Day of Mourning in 1938, the 1939 Cummeragunja Walk-Off, at the 1946 Pilbara pastoral workers' strike, the 1965 Freedom Rides, the Wave Hill walk off in 1966, on the front line of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972 and at the drafting of the Uluru Statement. They have marched, protested and spoken at demonstrations and national gatherings for the proper recognition of our rights and calling for national reform and justice. Our women were heavily involved in the campaign for the 1967 Referendum and also put up their hands to represent their people at the establishment of national advocacy and representative bodies from the National Aboriginal Congress (NAC) to ATSIC to Land Councils and onto the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples. They often did so while caring for our families, maintaining our homes and breaking down cultural and institutionalised barriers and gender stereotypes. Our women did so because they demanded a better life, greater opportunities and - in many cases equal rights - for our children, our families and our people. They were pioneering women like Barangaroo, Truganini, Gladys Elphick, Fannie Cochrane-Smith, Evelyn Scott, Pearl Gibbs, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Celuia Mapo Salee, Thancoupie, Justine Saunders, Gladys Nicholls, Flo Kennedy, Essie Coffey, Isabel Coe, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Eleanor Harding, Mum Shirl, Ellie Gaffney and Gladys Tybingoompa. Today, they are trailblazers like Joyce ClagueYalmay Yunupingu, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Nova Peris, Carol Martin, Elizabeth Morgan, Barbara Shaw, Rose Richards, Vonda Malone, Margaret Valadian, Lowitja O’Donoghue, June Oscar, Pat O’Shane, Pat Anderson Jill Milroy, Banduk Marika, Linda Burney and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – to name but a few. Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come. Because of her, we can!
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