Yuin Byalla in Burramatta “Truth Talking in Parramatta”

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We are bringing together First Nations experts and community leaders to discuss this year’s themes of ‘More Than A Word. Reconciliation Takes Action’ for Reconciliation Week 2021, and ‘Heal Country!’ in the lead up to NAIDOC Week.

Event update – Bruce Pascoe
Bruce Pascoe, one of the Yuin Byalla guest speakers, will be appearing by video link for the June 3rd panel event.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, Bruce can no longer travel to Sydney.  He is deeply disappointed that he cannot attend in person, however is excited to still be joining the discussion via video conferencing. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding in this ever-changing environment. If you wish to have a refund due to the update, please contact Riverside Theatres directly. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event this Thursday.

As part of Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June), come to Riverside Theatres to hear First Nations experts and community leaders to discuss this year’s themes of ‘More Than A Word. Reconciliation Takes Action’ for Reconciliation Week 2021.

Featuring award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe, astronomer Karlie Noon, Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network SEED – Youth Climate, and more. 

We have important relations with our land and water, our knowledge of climate and seasonal change is associated with life-cycles of plants and animals. 

The sky signals when plants bloom, fruits flower and marks the birth cycles of animals. We know ancient stories that explain the sun, the moon and other celestial bodies. The sky is a calendar and a navigator, which also holds stories that guide our people through life on earth. The land and our stories signify our history, beliefs and give nourishment for the body and mind. 

Is this knowledge and way of life at risk with climate change? And if so, how should Aboriginal communities respond to this change? 

It is important for us to lead discussions and hear from our First Nations expert voices as we increasingly face more issues around climate change, less protection on our heritage and sacred sites, and acknowledge the 30th anniversary for deaths in custody, which is still is present today. 

We invite you to join these conversations and to take action.

Yuin Byalla in Burramatta is recommended for audiences aged 15 years and over. 

This panel discussion touches on adult themes such as deaths in custody, stolen children and other emotionally difficult subjects relating to First Nations people. We advise discretion when attending with anyone under the age of 15. 

If you are a parent, guardian or teacher planning to attend with people under the age of 15 please be aware of these themes.



Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man who has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. Pascoe’s best known work Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? interrogates the assumption that Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers and cites evidence of pre-colonial agriculture, engineering and building construction by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Dark Emu has won numerous awards including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award and the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. In 2018 Bruce was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
Bruce lives on his farm in East Gippsland, Victoria which is home to his latest project, Black Duck Foods. An Indigenous social enterprise, Black Duck Foods is committed to traditional food growing processes that care for Country and return economic benefits directly to Indigenous people. Bruce’s research has also inspired a number of projects here at the University of Sydney, including the Indigenous Grasslands for Grain project which works with Aboriginal people to bring the native grain production system to modern agroecosystems and foods. This act of food sovereignty will provide environmental, cultural and economic benefits. Bruce’s work is a clear example of why we must learn from and engage with diverse knowledge systems in order to develop just and effective adaptation strategies in a changing climate.


Karlie Noon

Karlie Noon, image credit: Katherine Ross

Karlie Alinta Noon is a Gamilaroi astronomer and science communicator working with audiences around the country for the past 10 years promoting Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems and advocating for more women in STEM.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the oldest scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in human history, yet are rarely acknowledged for their achievements or discoveries. Gamilaroi woman Karlie Noon is passionate about amplifying the astronomical accomplishments of Australia's First Nations peoples. For almost a decade, Karlie has been dedicated to making science accessible to people all across Australia. Karlie was the first female, Indigenous Australian to graduate with combined degrees in mathematics and science after graduating in 2016 from the University of Newcastle. She has since completed a Masters of Astronomy and Astrophysics Advanced degree from the Australian National University in 2019,  in which she received a high distinction for her research into the Milky Way galaxy. Karlie has been involved in a variety of national and local activities including television appearances such as ABC’s The Drum and BBC’s Stargazing Live program and hosts a weekly stargazing segment on ABC Canberra radio. 



Seed indigenous youth climate network

Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. At Seed, we are building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice. Our vision is for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy. Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, but we also know it is an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world.

Will Potter’s Biography
"Being a proud Gundungurra man I have always been connected to Country and its story. As I grew aware of the threat that the climate crisis posed to the Country, I felt an obligation to continue its story for the next generations. I started organising in my school and broader community when I was 16, founding a local team advocating on climate. I now help support Seed Mob."

Monica Morgan

My name is Monica Morgan and am a proud Yorta Yorta woman. I live on country at Cummeragunja NSW. As the current Chief Executive Officer for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation my key objective is in supporting the YYNAC Board and Council of Elders in advancing the rights and interests of the Yorta Yorta Nation to their country and culture for our 16 family clan groups. I believe that all the First Nations have the rights to promote their own Sovereign rights to their country, gain rights to lands and waters and develop in a sustainable cultural way our self-governance, cultural and economic independence and trade.

Having been raised by Strong Women and Elders to be a passionate activist and campaigner for Aboriginal and all First Nations Peoples, I've learned that my story, culture and activism the proper way through her Elders and old the Guard who used their voices, their pen and their feet to gain the rights that we enjoy today.

Bradley J. Moggridge

I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW) and water is at the core of who I am and what I do for the last 20 years. I am currently an Associate Professor in Indigenous Water Science and PhD Candidate (part-time) at the University of Canberra. I am also part-time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub. With qualifications: Master of Science (Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management) from UTS and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) from ACU. A few awards have come my way as the 2019 CSIRO Indigenous STEM Career Professional, ACT Tall Poppy of the Year for Science, 2019 ACT NAIDOC Scholar of the year and the inaugural Academy of Science 2019 Aboriginal Travel Award. I am a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust, Alumni of the IWC Water Leadership Program and Indigenous Leadership from AILC.


Previously to the PhD I was employed by NSW DPI Water as the Team Leader Aboriginal Water Initiative (AWI) and was honored to lead the then only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia for nearly 5 years. I love my family, culture, of course water.




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$10 Adults, $5 Children - Buy Tickets