indigenous australians

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

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. Activities include discussion of Aboriginal issues and events, guest speakers, film presentations, and working with other groups on relevant projects.

Mosman Reconciliation is part of the Northern Sydney Region Reconciliation Network, the NSW Reconciliation Council, and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR NSW). 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.

New members are welcome and meetings are held on the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 2pm for a 2.30pm start in the the Harnett Room, Mosman Council, Mosman Square, Spit Junction.

Meetings commence with an Acknowledgement to Country.
We would like to acknowledge that we are on traditional Aboriginal land and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

For further information please email Mosman Reconciliation.

Gai-mariagal Festival

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.