ANTaR and the Sea of Hands are fundamental to the achievement of justice and Reconciliation in this country
— Patrick Dodson

On the 12th of October 1997, the Sea of Hands paved its way into Australian history books as 70,000 members of culturally diverse communities protested outside Parliament House in Canberra. The Sea of Hands was a protest in opposition to the Howard Government’s proposed amendments to the Native Title Act of 1993.

The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol of Indigenous rights to land, the on-going process of Reconciliation, and the desire for greater mutual understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Each one of these hands symbolise the Australian people’s rights-based movement towards Reconciliation.

Today, almost 300,000 Australians have put their signatures on a hand in the Sea of Hands and helped in its installation in every major city around Australia, as well as many localities throughout Victoria.  


Hold your own Sea of Hands event

Want to have your own Sea of Hands installation at your work, school or business?  If you want to be one of the over 300,000 Australians to join the campaign we can help you stage a  Sea of Hands event with anything from a few hands to a few thousand!  

We've been doing the Sea of Hands installation for years so we can help you choose the right amount of hands, we can arrange to courier them to you or you can pick them up from us in Fitzroy and we may even be able to help you find some volunteers to help you place them.

If you want to hold your own Sea of Hands event fill out the expression of interest form below and we will get back to you shortly.