May mailout

Dear all,

This is to let you know about reconciliation events coming up in Canberra.  We also want to invite you to our next meeting. This is where we plan our activities and campaigns.  We’re meeting at 6.00pm on Tuesday 14 June.  Email us or call me (Matt) on 0429 850 423 if you’d like to come.


National Sorry Day events

National Sorry Day is this Thursday 26 May.  A few of you may have come to the candlelight vigil last year.  It’s a quiet, but powerful time where we meet to share stories and reflect.  Details below.

If you have any questions, please email Siani at

Candelight Walk

6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Gathering at the Stolen Generations Memorial, Reconciliation Place, Parkes
Walking to the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (800m walk)

Memorial Service

Commencing at 7:30pm
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton
Welcome To Country Matilda House
Cleansing Ceremony Duncan Smith
Memorial Service Rev. John Brown and Rev. Jeanette Mathews
Soup and a light BBQ meal with coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.


Symposium on Aboriginal Embassy

The Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the ANU is hosting a symposium on the tent embassy  from Monday 20 June to Monday 22 June.

Since it was first erected in front of Old Parliament House on 26 January 1972 and re-erected on its twentieth anniversary in 1992, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been a source of inspiration and controversy for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. As it approaches its fortieth anniversary, this symposium will examine the historical, social and political significance of the Tent Embassy.

More information at:


Why warriors lay down and die: cultural awareness training

Richard Trugden, author of the acclaimed book ‘Why Warriors Lay down and Die’, is coming to Canberra on 4-5 July to co-present cultural awareness training.  Yolgnu co-presenters are Witiyana Marika and Dianne Gondarara.  This seminar is borne out of decades of experience working in the Yolgnu community of Arnhem land.

For more information, visit


That’s all from us for now – feel free to get in touch with us by emailing  Hope to see some of you at our next meeting.


Matt Fenwick
ANTaR ACT co-coordinator

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