WARAMI: National Reconciliation Week

2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of many years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. This year’s theme is ‘In This Together’ and reminds us that, whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether.

Help us celebrate National Reconciliation Week with the below activities. All activities will be live until 5 July. 


  • Welcome to Burramatta - Darug Land 
  • Through your ‘Maya (eye)’ Photo Competition – 27 May – 5 July 2020
  • Yallamundi (Storytelling) 
  • Torres Strait Islander Education & Dance 


Welcome to Burramatta - Darug Land 

Welcome to the traditional country of the Burramatta clan of the Darug people. 'Burra' means eel and 'matta' means creek. Featuring a Darug welcome and smoking ceremony performed by Uncle Chris Tobin, get an insight into the cultural process and meaning of the custom.


What’s On – Events & Activities

Through your ‘Maya (Eye)’ Photo Competition – 27 May – 5 July 2020

We want to see through your ‘Maya (eyes)’! 

Darug people, as Aboriginals, have a real, spiritual connection with the land and nature of the City of Parramatta. This isolation period has taught us to take a step back to reflect on simple times, old ways and natural things.

We want you to take a photo showcasing your connection to Aboriginal culture or land in the City of Parramatta. It could be with a native plant, food or place.


  1. Private Message City of Parramatta Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with your photo submission between 27 May and 17 June.
  2. Photos will be posted to City of Parramatta’s Facebook page under our ‘WARAMI’ photo album on 18 June.
  3. Gather your mob and get them to vote for your photo! The highest number of likes on each picture by 5 July at 5pm will be crowned the winner.
  4. Winners will be announced on social media on Monday, 6 July. 

There are 4 prizes in total. 1st $200 / 2nd $150 / 3rd $100 / Lord Mayor’s Choice $100

Submission of photos provides approval for Council to use photos for ongoing promotion.

View competition Terms & Conditions.


First Place: Sienna Putnam
Second Place: Rita Maguire
Third Place: Miche O'Hare
Lord Mayor's Choice: Melinda Callaghan 



Yallamundi (Storytelling) - 28 - 30 May 2020

Aboriginal Elders of the Stolen Generation will be telling stories of their time in the Kinchela Boys Home, focusing on life, culture, rebuilding and healing.

Session 1: Stolen Generation, Kinchela Boys Home - Uncle Paul Whitton #31

Session 2: Stolen Generation, Kinchela Boys Home - Uncle Robert Paul Young #24

Session 3 – Stolen Generation, Kinchela Boys Home: Uncle James Michael Widdy Welsh


View final storytelling session with all three Aboriginal elders collectively sharing their experiences here, presented as part of the WARAMI Burramatta NAIDOC program. 


Torres Strait Islander Culture Sessions – Available from 1-3 June 2020

1st Session – Torres Strait Islander Culture (Welcome Dance) - Beatty Clan Crew


2nd Session – Happy Mabo Day! Torres Strait Islander Culture (Song and Dance) - Beatty Clan Crew  


What is Mabo Day?

Mabo Day is commemorated on 3 June every year and is named after Eddie Mabo, the man who challenged the Australian legal system and fought for recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of their land. The Mabo decision was made by the High Court on 3 June, 1992, overturning the legal recognition of Australia as being terra nullius ('nobody's land) which had characterised Australian law regarding land. 

Immerse yourself in Indigenous art, music, culture, language and dance with our WARAMI offerings. View our full WARAMI program here. 

Download the WARAMI Program Guide here

Stay connected and engaged with Parramatta from the comfort of your home. This is our HOME from your home. This is HOME AT PARRAMATTA. To discover more online events, as well as arts and culture activities, visit HOME AT PARRAMATTA.