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  • Be a part of National Reconciliation Week 2016"The design for this years Sea of Hands display was created by Brenda L Croft, a Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra artist and researcher. The design is inspired by historical portraits depicting Eora men, including Bennelong, one of Barangaroo's husbands, in customary ochre body markings.It is fitting, at this time and place, that two key figures such as Barangaroo and Bennelong are reunited in a symbolic way to highlight the rich cultural history of the site of Barangaroo Reserve.Read the full Weekend Notes story here. 
  • National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today expressed dismay that the Indigenous Affairs Minister is refusing to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples after the Election.  Andrew Meehan, National Director ANTaR said it would be unacceptable if the Coalition went to the Election with a policy to discontinue funding for a national voice for First Peoples. Read our statement here.  
  • ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, is partnering with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands, to Barangaroo Reserve for National Reconciliation Week 2016. The Sea of Hands event begins with a free Opening Night Concert on Friday, 27 May (5:00pm- 8:30pm) featuring live performances by Christine Anu and Casey Donovan on Barangaroo Reserve’s Walumil Lawns, where the first part of the installation will be illuminated. 
  • National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today expressed dismay that the Indigenous Affairs Minister is refusing to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples after the Election. Andrew Meehan, National Director ANTaR said it would be unacceptable if the Coalition went to the Election with a policy to discontinue funding for a national voice for First Peoples. 

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  • Sea of Hands at Barangaroo

    Join thousands of Sydneysiders as they put their hand up for reconciliation at Barangaroo Reserve during National Reconciliation Week.

    Opening Night Concert 

    Special Guest performances by Casey Donovan and Christine Anu with MC Luke Carroll

    Date: Friday May 27 

    Venue: Walumil Lawns Barangaroo Reserve 

    Time: 5.00pm - 8.30pm 

    Aboriginal Food stalls available for opening night concert

About ANTaR

ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ANTaR has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation issues since 1997. ANTaR is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

ANTaR is an independent non-government organisation and is non-party-political.

ANTaR has a close and unique working relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

ANTaR's purpose has always been to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speaking for themselves, rather than to speak for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ANTaR's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and prominent individuals from around Australia, provides ANTaR with direction and feedback.

Central to ANTaR's activities has been the Sea of Hands. Over 300,000 Australians have put their signatures on a hand in the Sea of Hands and helped in its installation in locations around Australia.

ANTaR works on many levels to achieve its goals. This includes maintaining close liaison with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaderships and communities and assisting them to communicate their aspirations and concerns to the wider community; conducting national education and awareness campaigns on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs issues, as well as training, advice and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

Much of ANTaR's work is carried out by peak state and territory ANTaRs and by numerous local groups. This includes activities focused at a grass-roots level - local reconciliation initiatives which are carried out in conjunction with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and other members of the local community. There are in excess of 200 local ANTaR groups.

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