Gai-mariagal Festival 2024

A Celebration of the Oldest Living Culture on the Planet
26th May to 14th July 2024

Gai-mariagal Festival 2024 - Northern Sydney Region - Significance of trees - an indigenous perspective

Wednesday | 5 June 2024 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Significance of trees - an indigenous perspective

A talk exploring the practical and spiritual connection between Aboriginal people and trees.

Aboriginal People have for thousands of years cared and rejoiced for Country. Grandfather trees are recognised and appreciated in Country. Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office will share the cultural and social significance of trees and other native plants, sharing insights and stories from a First Nation perspective.

About the speaker

Karen has been the AHO’s Education Officer since 2011 and has shared her knowledge and experience of the local area and Aboriginal history and culture with thousands of local residents, students and schools. She leads guided walks and provides talks and presentations throughout the partner Councils in northern Sydney.

About the speaker: Karen is from the Buruberongal clan of the Hawkesbury (Derrubin) area. Her family has been living in the Manly area for many years. She was awarded the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship for her work and commitment in the protection and education of Aboriginal culture and heritage. 

  • Event cost:  Free
  • RSVP -  5 June, 2024 

Event Location - The Creator Space, Chatswood library

Significance of trees - an indigenous perspective  - Contacts

Emma Hayes

Event enquiries email


Event enquiries phone number.


The Creator Space is located on the lower floor of Chatswood Library, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue Chatswood. 


Emma Hayes
Bushland Community Officer

We acknowledge the original custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the Northern Sydney Region.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.