We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal Peoples.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

First Nations People should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

About Us

A little about what we do.

Welcome Welcome

Welcome to another year of celebrating First Nations Peoples culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region.

2019 Brochure 2019 Brochure

Visit again soon for our 2021 program.

About Gai-mariagal Festival About Gai-mariagal Festival

The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region.

Important Dates

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year.

National Reconciliation Week 2021: 27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week 2021: 27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week offers people across Australia the opportunity to focus on reconciliation, to hear about the cultures and histories of Australia’s First Nations peoples, and to explore new and better ways of meeting challenges in our communities.

NAIDOC Week – Heal Country, heal our nation.

NAIDOC Week – Heal Country, heal our nation.

Country is inherent to our identity.
It sustains our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
It is more than a place.
When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person.
Country is inherent to our identity.
It sustains our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
It is more than a place.
When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the
Northern Sydney Region.

We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

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Our People

Dennis Foley – Gai-mariagal man Dennis Foley – Gai-mariagal man

Dennis Foley – Festival Ambassador,  Elder and Knowledge Holder

His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of Northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region.

Susan Moylan-Coombs – Committee Chair Susan Moylan-Coombs – Committee Chair

Susan Moylan-Coombs is Woolwonga Gurindji from the Northern Territory. Having lived on the Northern Beaches for over fifty years, where she has raised her family, Susan calls Gai-mariagal lands her spirit country.

Caroline Glass-Pattison – Committee Chair Caroline Glass-Pattison – Committee Chair

Caroline Glass-Pattison is a proud Wiradjuri, Dungutti woman, residing in Gai-mariagal Country for over three decades.

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