Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater
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Guringai Festival – 26th May to 13th July 2014

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About the Guringai Festival

Founded in 2001, the Guringai Festival 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 to the end of NAIDOC Week, the second week in July each year.

The festival involves 11 Councils and numerous reconciliation and community groups. Events include workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks.

Events that will be hosted by the Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater

Monday 12th May

Guest speaker Kathy Ridge from ALC will outline the future – and plans for the Gai-mariagal Aboriginal Owned National Park

Free Event: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

All welcome - this is a Free night including light supper

Mona Vale Memorial Hall 1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

Sunday 25th May

Come Celebrate the National Sorry Day 2014

A time for all Australians to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. It is also an opportunity to celebrate their strength and resilience, and to reaffirm our shared commitment to healing and reconciliation.

Free Event: 3pm – 5.30pm

All Welcome free BBQ and afternoon tea. Entertainment

Scout Hall, Bilarong Reserve Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen

More details: 02 9999 3045

Monday 26th May

Listen to stories concerning Aboriginal people in our local area

Learn from Neil Evers and Julie Janson about proposals to erect dual signage see examples of interpretive walks and dual signage that acknowledge Aboriginal archaeology, shared history and use of natural environment.

Learn from Clair Jackson and NorthSide Aboriginal Artists about recent local Aboriginal artwork.

Hear about the proposal for adaptive re-use of Waratah Park in relation to Gai-mariagal Aboriginal Owned National Park

Enjoy a light supper with us.

Free Event: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Narrabeen Tramshed 1395A Pittwater Road Narrabeen

More details: Judith Bennett 02 9905 2135

See our website for further event details: NarrabeenLagoon.org.au

Sunday 1st June

The REMOTE COMMUNITY of NUMBULWAR NT

Free Event: 10am

A presentation by M/s Ruth Brigden who has worked in the remote community of NUMBULWAR in the NT (near the mouth of the Roper River) for the last 6 years as a missionary for CMS. Ruth dedicated her life there to helping the people of Numbulwar in many different ways. This is a great story not to be missed.

Avalon Baptist Peace Church - 2 George St Avalon.

Sunday 8th June

SCREENING of the DOCUMENTARY ‘88’ then Q & A with Director Adrian Wills

Free Event: 10am

“88” is the documentary exploring the response of the Aboriginal people of Australia to the Bi-Centenary celebrations in 1988. As, lawyer and activist Michael Mansell says “before we go around celebrating and having a birthday for white people, let’s consider the effect on the people who were invaded – and who suffered all the atrocities because of that invasion”. Thus “White Australia has a black history” became the rallying call.

Avalon Baptist Peace Church - 2 George St Avalon.

Sunday 15th June

4 hour Bushwalk in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

Free Event: 10am – 2pm

A walk you will remember forever.

Start at 27 Morgan Rd, Belrose.

Booking details: Conny Harris 02 9451-3231 0432 643 295

Wednesday 18th June

Movie “Mystery Road

An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson Written & Directed by Ivan Sen. Rated M.

Free Event: 9.45 am – 12 noon

Collaroy Cinema, 1097 Pittwater Road, Collaroy

More details: 02 9999 3045

Sunday 22nd June

Discovery Walk in Guringai Country

Event: 10am – 2pm

At the Basin Track, West Head.

For the Festival only $25 per person, max 30. (regular price $80)

Booking Essential: GuringaiTours.com.au

Wednesday 25th June

Peninsula CommUNITY of Schools Art Exhibition

Mona Vale Public School, Warratah Street

Free Event: 5pm – 7pm

Collection of artworks by students from three local high schools and ten area primary schools reflecting the Guringai Festival, Reconciliation and NAIDOC.

Further details: Sharon.smithies@det.nsw.edu.au

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June

Native Grass Weaving - With Karleen Green

Karleen will teach you the basic skills in grass weaving.

Learn how native grasses can be made into beautiful and useful objects.

$30 Per Person: from 1-4 pm each day

(3 hours with a max 15 - so be quick)

Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1606 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale

Booking Essential: 02 9999 3045

Sunday 13th July

'Oxford Falls Triangle Walk'

Free Event: 10am -1pm

A walk were you will see Aboriginal carvings. So don’t forget your camera.

Starting and ending at 27 Morgan Rd, Belrose.

Booking Essential: Conny Harris 02 9451-3231 0432 643 295

Monday 14th July

Speaker to be advised

Free Event: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

All welcome - this is a Free night including light supper

Mona Vale Memorial Hall 1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale