LOCAL RECONCILIATION GROUPS (LRG’S)
A great way to really get involved in local reconciliation is to join and attend events organised by your local reconciliation group. There are currently 23 registered Local Reconciliation Groups throughout NSW.
Most LRG’s meet regularly, create and host a range of events such as workshops, concerts, walks, tours and cultural gatherings. Many groups work with local government, schools and early learning. They have invaluable information about local Indigenous culture and history and are happy to share it.
Reconciliation NSW regularly engages with the LRG network to share information and support. Reconciliation NSW holds an Annual General Meeting where registered individuals and groups can meet and share stories about the work they are doing for reconciliation in NSW.
If there isn’t an LRG in your area you might want to start one of your own.
For more information on creating a Local Reconciliation Group please go to our factsheet: How to Start a Local Reconciliation Group.
CURRENT LOCAL RECONCILIATION GROUPS (LRG’S)
Aboriginal Support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater
Convenor: Neil Evers
Hold regular meetings and coordinate; Sorry day commemorations, Cultural information nights as well as film screenings at various times.
Big Reconciliation Night on 24th May 2020 with Col Hardy, Uncle Johnny and more contact Neil for more info.
ANTaR Armidale (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
Contact: Jenny Walmsley firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Eades email@example.com
Annual Reconciliation Bridge Walk on Sunday of Reconciliation Week – 30 May 2020 12 noon to 2.30pm.
Newsletter: usually 3 times a year, since late 1990s.
Film and discussion nights co-sponsored with local Aboriginal groups;
2020 film: 7 May In My Blood It Runs with Oorala Centre, University of New England, and another group TBA.
Active participation in and support of events organised by local Aboriginal groups.
Meetings open to all first Wednesday of the month (except January) at Kent House, Faulkner St, 5.30-6.30pm.
Membership open to all ($5 to $25 per year, personal choice). Membership fees essential to keeping newsletter going and supporting events.
Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation/BMANTaR
Convenor: Lyn Bevington
This group meets monthly they support the Schools Reconciliation Challenge project; support NAIDOC events and run events in Reconciliation Week; We coordinate annual Sharing the Journey Elders Lunch; and support Ninganah No More, a Darug Language project in 4 local preschools.
ANTAR Inner West
Peter & Elaine Lucas
Bennelong Reconciliation Group
Convenor Judy MacGregor
Bennelong Reconciliation Group founded in 1997, meet five times a year at Ryde Library to discuss local matters related to First Nations peoples. The group are part of the Community Migrant Resource Centre’s Harmony Day event, held in March every year at Eastwood, run a stall at Hunters Hill Moocooboola Festival every August, and up until 2019, took part in Ryde Council’s Granny Smith Festival, organised events in the Gaimariagal Festival (May to June), and are members of ANTaR, and Reconciliation Network for the Northern Sydney Region.
Dungog Reconciliation Group
Convenor Jenny Akers
Dungog Reconciliation Group have a monthly book club meeting as well as gatherings to progress reconciliation in the Dungog area.
Friends of Myall Creek Memorial
Co Chair Ivan Roberts
Myall Creek Memorial annual commemoration service and gathering on Sunday 7 June 2020. There are 3-4 Committee meetings up near Myall Creek annually. There will be a concert from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, 6 June 2020 for the launch of new facilities, including a cultural performance space, across the road from the memorial. Performers include Radical Son, Buddy and Roger Knox and the Gomeroi Dancers.
Galari-Lachlan Reconciliation Group
Co-chair David Acheson
Secretary Eibhlin Newport
Yiradhu marang mudyi. Yamandhu marang?. Good day friend. Are you well?.
The Galari-Lachlan Reconciliation Group ,were formed with the amalgamation of Forbes & Parkes groups. We participate in NAIDOC days, Festivals and other cultural gatherings. Through a series of grants we have distributed Wiradjuri Cultural packages to Schools, Preschools, Libraries (Public & TAFE) in 10 Towns, (Forbes ,Parkes Bedgerabong , Caragabal, Bogan Gate, Trundle, Tullamore and Peak Hill. A showing of “Yindyamarra Yambuwan” ( a 15 minute film in Wiradjuri language ) was also presented in Parkes.
Hornsby Area Residents for Reconciliation
Hornsby Area Residents for Reconciliation (HARR) was established in 1999. We comprise Indigenous and non-Indigenous members and enjoy respectful and supportive relationships with the Traditional Owners of our area, the Darug and Guringai Peoples and their Elders.
We work locally to
- acknowledge, raise awareness and promote an appreciation of Indigenous heritage and culture
- promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents
- advocate for social justice
- advance opportunities for Indigenous people.
HARR co-hosts a number of Reconciliation events with Hornsby Shire Council such as author talks at Hornsby Library, NAIDOC Week events and the long-established Hornsby Children’s Voices for Reconciliation in National Reconciliation Week.
We are represented on the Hornsby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee. (HATSICC). HARR keeps in touch with members through its Facebook page and by distributing regular electronic and hard copy newsletters. HARR advocates through submissions to consultative processes and inquiries at local government, State and national levels, as well as through representations to members of State and Federal Parliament.
Contact person: Dorothy Babb
Chairperson Sarah Pederson
Coordinate a Reconciliation Walk and Celebration Day in Reconciliation Week, this is a public reconciliation march through Kyogle followed by a celebration day at the Kyogle Amphitheatre. Activities include: Free BBQ / bush tucker, face painting, coffee cart, jumping castle/gladiator ring, boomerang painting, live music, sack races/kids activities & community stalls. We also coordinate NAIDOC Week Activities (in conjunction with Gugin Gudduba Aboriginal Land Council) and NAIDOC Celebration Day these are held at either Gugin Gudduba / Kyogle Amphitheatre and include Yarning circles, music and dance, cultural activities, bush tucker, art exhibition, BBQ and children’s entertainment.
Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation
Contacts: Kerrie McKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Taylor email@example.com
Founded in 1997, Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation (LCRR) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, Local Reconciliation Group (LRG) of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together to raise awareness of Aboriginal cultures, of social justice and of the truth-telling of Australian history.
LCRR liaises with RNSW, local government, schools and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community groups in supporting programs and events relevant to Reconciliation at local, regional and national level. LCRR free public events and activities welcome everyone interested in the process of Reconciliation and the healing of our nation.
Moree Reconciliation Group
Co-Chair Glen Crump
Co-Chair Cathy Budda-Deen
10 calendar of events, Awards Ceremony on the Friday evening of the program 300 attendees, Community fun days, reconciliation bowls, reconciliation week park healthy cook off, trivia night etc
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
Mosman Reconciliation’s main activity is to promote and encourage all Australians to support The Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We invite you to sign on to the 1Voice Uluru campaign.
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 Guringai 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.
Co Chair: Frennie Beytagh
Mt Druitt and District Reconciliation Group
Project Manager: Ann McKinnon-Baker
Regular meetings, 1st Tuesday of each month (except January) + extra as required. Yarning Circles, 1 or 2 in Spring and/or Summer – Uncle Wes telling stories around the fire with light supper. Commemoration of the 2008 Apology (February – annual) – Speakers, gathering and dinner. Mt Druitt Reconciliation Walk and Concert (May – annual) – Performers, cultural activities, speakers, free sausage sizzle, stalls and Walk through local streets.
North Illawarra Reconciliation & Treaty Group
Project Officer: Karen Gough
SPATE 18 Community Event – Concert and Reconciliation Forum – “Sovereignty & Culture”. Free for All Ages and All Mobs. BBQ. No D&A. December 2018. Bellambi Point to Sandon Point Reconciliation Week Walk. May 2019. Book Launch – SPATE Archive Publication with Dharawal Language Nest project. Date and venue TBC.
Reconciliation for Western Sydney Inc
Contact: Richard Maguire
Secretary: Annie Nielson
General Meetings of Members and Visitors 3rd Wednesday of each month. We also coordinate an Annual Reconciliation Bridge Walk usually the Sunday at the beginning of Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation Network: Northern Sydney Region (RNNSR)
Founded in 2000, the Reconciliation Network: Northern Sydney Region (RNNSR) comprises representatives of Northern Sydney Reconciliation organisations including LRGs, plus Indigenous Services & Networks and Local Governments & Community Support Groups. RNNSR provides a forum for members and guests to meet together to discuss and act on matters related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, to social justice and the truth-telling of Australian history. RNNSR appreciates the partnership and support of all nine Northern Sydney Local Councils and for their hosting on a rotational basis, of our five annual meetings.
‘A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.’
Sisters for Reconciliation (Northern Rivers)
Secretary: Bronwyn Sindel
Annually coordinate activities for; Survival Day – Jan 26 – Welcome to Country, Dancing, Speeches, kids activities, weaving, dancers, music, barbeque, tea, cake, coffee; NAIDOC Celebrations: July 10 – Family Fun Day at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre with same activities as above; July 11 – NAIDOC at Byron – outside event next to the Surf Club with same activities.
Sutherland Shire Reconciliation, Inc.
PO Box 1151, Sutherland, NSW, 1499 firstname.lastname@example.org
The vision of Sutherland Shire Reconciliation (SSR) is to foster relationships, understanding and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. We seek to work with all who see the Reconciliation process as the way forward to a better future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Our committee is made up of five Aboriginal people and five non-Aboriginal people who live and/or work on the traditional lands of the Dharawal speaking people in Sutherland Shire. We are a group of both men and women of varying ages from 20’s to 80’s. SSR holds bi-monthly meetings and yarning circles.
We proudly collaborate with our local Aboriginal community; the Sutherland AECG (Aboriginal Education Consultative Group); the SSAAC and Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation.
We are an active group and proudly:
• Published our first book in 2019, ‘The Past Is In Us, Not Behind Us’, a biography of our dear friend, the late Les Bursill, OAM; Dharawal Knowledge Holder and SSR Committee member
• Support Survival Day by joining the Yabin Festival on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney at Victoria Park.
• We join the Appin Massacre Memorial each year.
• Celebrate NAIDOC week at Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla and make connections with our local community.
• Wear our ‘We support the Statement from the Heart’ T-shirts. We joined the rally in Cronulla on Valentine’s Day to support a voice for our First Nations people being enshrined in the constitution, with Reconciliation NSW and Thomas Mayor.
• Host excursions to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to participate in bush tucker workshops; the Art Gallery NSW and State Library of NSW to view Aboriginal exhibits; Hazlehurst Regional Gallery for film nights showing current films or documentaries on Aboriginal topics.
• Join the ANTaR ‘Walk for Reconciliation’ across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
• Host bush tucker workshops to learn to grow and cook bush foods and a tasting time at the end.
• Celebrated our 21st Anniversary in 2019, by hosting an Expo to showcase Aboriginal craft, art and bush tucker foods and provided the opportunity for sale of these on the day.
• Host Journeys of Understanding for the community to connect with our Aboriginal heritage and culture.
In 2019, several members attended the Yamma Ngunna Baaka Corroborees Festival bus tour of several NSW outback towns with the ‘Water for Rivers’. We learnt of the devastating impact of the theft of water by large companies from the Murray Darling water system.
Our 2020 initiative the School Starter Pack is our gift for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child starting school on Dharawal Country next year in the Sutherland Shire. The School Starter Pack includes ‘Young Dark Emu’ by Bruce Pascoe; and Dictionary of Dharawal words compiled by the SSR Chairperson, Graham Avery a Yuin man, in consultation with local Dharawal Knowledge Holders. The School Starter Pack will also contain the three flags of Australia and an Aboriginal Australia cultural map and stationery. Our Aboriginal Committee Members have been making braided ties in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colours to attach a large gum tree capsule on each bag.
Our future plans include
• A day of learning about Dharawal language
• A journey of understanding for our local early childhood education centres to develop positive relationships with local Aboriginal people from their community who will share their knowledge, skills, and art from their culture.
We welcome new members, so if you would like to become a member, please contact us on the Sutherland Shire Reconciliation email address or write to the postal address above, or you can contact the people listed above.
Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group
Secretary: Peter Jones
Coordinator Sister Kerry MacDermott
Annually coordinate events for; Appin Massacre Memorial (April); Sorry Day (May); Reconciliation Week (May-June); NAIDOC Week Festival Event (Walk and markets at Bradbury Oval – we have a stall (July); Winga Myamly Aboriginal Women’s Art Group (Minto Market Place Stall – periodically throughout the year).
Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group WRG
Co-Chairs Trish Levett & Lee Borradale
Annual Koori Flag Raising and Mirror Flash- Saturday April 11 2020, 2pm Gibbergunyah Reserve, Bowral.
Other events to be announced- please get in touch and join our membership.
Women’s Reconciliation Network
Secretary Frennie Beytagh
Monthly Yarning Circles at Redfern Community Centre usually attended by 20-25 members and a guest speaker. Dates; 25.11.18, 28.2.19, 28.3.19, 27.6.19, 25.7.19, 29.8.19.