Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Council works collaboratively with Aboriginal and other community organisations, government agencies, other councils and community members to improve service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to strengthen understanding of the issues surrounding reconciliation, and to promote community awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Mosman Reconciliation is a voluntary group bringing together Indigenous and non-indigenous members of Mosman and neighbouring communities. The group works closely with Council and other relevant organisations to undertake a range of community initiatives to advance Reconciliation.
It was established in 1998 following meetings promoting Aboriginal Reconciliation and Native Title, and support for social justice for Indigenous Australians.
Mosman Reconciliation supports
The Uluru Statement from the Heart – Voice, Treaty, Truth
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a profound call from Aboriginal and Torres Islander Peoples for constitutional change and structural reform in their relationship with the Australian people. The success of any future referendum enshrining a First Nations Voice into the Constitution will depend on gaining the support of the majority of Australians.
Mosman Reconciliation‘s main activity is to promote and encourage all Australians to support The Uluru Statement from the Heart. The group invites residents to sign on to the 1Voice Uluru campaign.
For more information on what individuals and organisations can do, please visit the Reconciliation NSW website.
Mosman Reconciliation is part of the Northern Sydney Region Reconciliation Network (NSRRN),Reconciliation NSW, Women‘s Reconciliation Network (WRN)and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR). Every year during the Northern Sydney Gai-mariagal Festival and NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee) Week, the group coordinates activities to promote an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage and raise community awareness of Reconciliation issues.
For further information please email Mosman Reconciliation.
The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region.
The festival usually starts on Sorry Day, 26 May and goes through the end of NAIDOC Week, the second week in July each year. The festival involves councils (including Mosman Council), reconciliation and community groups. Events include workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films, talks and more.