Media Coverage

The NSW Reconciliation Council is committed to sharing the stories and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian media. For any media enquiries, please contact Danielle Cooper at [email protected]

November 7, 2016. A thousand students from across Australia submitted artworks to the NSW Reconciliation Challenge. The best 16 artworks are now on display at historic Saumarez Homestead. Read the full article here.

September 15, 2016. NSW Reconciliation Council Co-Chair Cecilia Anthony talks to 666 ABC Canberra Mornings about the Schools’ Reconciliation Art Tour launch at Sculpture In The Paddock. Listen to the full program episode here. 

September 13, 2016. Reconciliation NSW have made Sculpture in the Paddock a venue as part of their Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge Regional Tour. Read the full story here. 

August 11, 2016. She may only be in Year 8 but Hornsby Girls’ High School student Freya Roberts has already developed a greater understanding of indigenous culture than many people twice her age. Freya has taken out first place in the NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge. Read the full story here.

August 8, 2016. A cartoon by Bill Leak, published in The Australian, caused heated debate over whether it is racist, and the NSW Reconciliation Council was among the first to condemn the newspaper for publishing the cartoon. Read the transcript of Media Watch‘s coverage of the fallout here.

August 8, 2016. Learning about the Stolen Generation had a profound effect on Aarya Phansalkar. The Granville youngster put herself in their shoes when she wrote a poem about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their families. The Stolen was a standout winner in the NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge primary writing category. Read the full story here.

June 3, 2016. More than 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous women gathered together to mark Reconciliation Week and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Reconciliation Network (WRN). The network, one of more than 50 supported by NSWRC across the state, started in Sydney to help support Aboriginal women and shift attitudes towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read the full story here.

June 1, 2016.  NSWRC Project Manager Addie Walsh chats to 2SER’s Drive team about what to expect from “I’m Not Racist, But…” 2016, which is focusing on racism, language and belonging. Listen to the story here.

June 1, 2016.  In anticipation of her appearance at “I’m Not Racist, But…”, Professor Jakelin Troy writes about how, “I’m not racist, but I don’t like speaking English. I would rather speak my own language – Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in south-eastern Australia.” Read her full article here.

May 31, 2016. This year, Reconciliation Week for the first time coincides with a federal election campaign. NSWRC chair Cecilia Anthony talks discusses the ongoing need for National Reconciliation Week, which aims to work on growing respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Listen to the story here. 

May 12, 2016. The annual Cultural Sharing Day will be held this year on Saturday, May 28, and will include workshops with local Aboriginal artists for students would like to enter the NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge, the Blue Mountains Gazette reports.

April 4, 2016. Members of the Winga Myamly Local Reconciliation Group have welcomed a massive turnout at the memorial of the Appin massacre, the Koori Mail reports.

Koori Mail coverage of Appin.

April 18, 2016. One of the darkest days in the Illawarra’s early European history was marked with a sombre ceremony on Sunday, as a group of indigenous and non-indigenous people gathered at Cataract for the 200th anniversary of the Appin Massacre, the Illawarra Mercury reports.

April 14, 2016. Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander figures will gather in Lawson to discuss the campaign for constitutional reform on Saturday, April 30.  The NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) event, Defining your future: a conversation about constitutional recognition, treaty and sovereignty, will discuss the current movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution, the Blue Mountains Gazette reports. 

February 10, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council’s Homegrown Heroes exhibition will be opened by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams as a temporary installation at Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, South Kempey, the Koori Mail reports.

3 June, 2015. Playwright, writer, and actor Nakkiah Lui’s speech at NSWRC’s “I’m Not Racist, But…”  — in which she argued that “it’s not racism that Australia needs to get rid of; it’s the privilege of whiteness” — was published online at

27 August, 2012. ABC’s Big Ideas recorded NSWRC’s “I’m Not Racist, But…” featuring UN Youth Ambassador Benson Saulo, comedian Nazeem Hussain, standup comic Jenny Wong and former Race Commissioner Helen Szoke. It is available to watch or download from the ABC website.