Sea of Hands began in 1997 in response to
a swell of public anger towards Australian Government moves to wind
back Indigenous native title rights.
ANTaR grew into a peoples’ movement, committed to the rights
and perspectives of Indigenous peoples to determine their own future
with the support of the Australian People. We are committed to Reconciliation
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through education
and advocacy conducted in parallel with Indigenous organisations.
ANTaR has an integral place in the Reconciliation movement in Australia,
providing non-Indigenous Australians the opportunity to share the
responsibility of healing in this country.
Education & Advocacy
Education and advocacy are central to ANTaR’s work. We organise
events, forums, petitions and other community-based education activities.
We are also active nationally and internationally, working with
various organisations and community sectors. We advocate and produce
submissions on a range of issues, including Indigenous disadvantage,
the Stolen Generations, Native Title and the future of Reconciliation.
The final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation recommended
that Australia establishes an agreement or treaty process “through
which unresolved issues of reconciliation can be resolved”. ANTaR
is leading discussion and education on a treaty in the non-Indigenous
community in Australia.
ANTaR continues to be a leading force in education and advocacy
regarding the recognition of Native Title rights for Indigenous
Sea of Hands
The Sea of Hands is central to ANTaR’s activities and is recognised
by hundreds of thousands of Australians as a symbol of the people's
movement for rights-based reconciliation. The six colours of the
Sea of Hands represent the colours of the Aboriginal flag (red,
black and yellow), the Torres Strait Islander flag (blue, green,
black and white), and the Australian flag. Each Sea of Hands is
a unique event, and wherever possible is designed by a local Indigenous
artist, using symbols and themes appropriate to the Indigenous traditions
of that region.
To generate in Australia a moral and legal recognition of and respect
for the distinctive status of Indigenous Australians as First Peoples
and for the protection of Indigenous Australians’ rights,
including their relationships to land, the right to self-determination,
and the maintenance and growth of their unique cultures.
History of ANTaR Queensland
established itself in Queensland as an affiliation of dedicated
organisations. We assisted in the fight against the Ten Point Plan.
After the passing of substantial aspects of this legislation in
1998, ANTaR Queensland decided to reform its purposes and structure
so that it could continue to deal with the ongoing threat to native
title and the Indigenous land rights movement.
ANTaR Queensland is an incorporated association and is part of the
Office Holders 2009
||Dr Rosalind Kidd