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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:13

Joy as Arrernte language Bible launches

naidoc wk languages poster 150The people of Central Australia recently celebrated NAIDOC week with the launch of the Bible translated into the local Arrernte language – a project which has taken more than 30 years to come to fruition.

uluruThe Uluru Statement Work Group asks Australians to support the call for constitutional and legislative change in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a voice and authority over decisions that affect them. 

referendum council logoThe Referendum Council website educates on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and offers an online platform to make your voice heard.

ARRCC ark150In the wake of news last week on concerns about the Adani coal mine and challenges to the integrity of the current Native Title Act, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is asking everyone to stand with the Wangan and Jagalingou through a petition letter.

aboriginal men holding flagIndigenous sovereignty is explored in the March 2017 edition of Just In Time, a publication on social justice from the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW).

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis sends a response to a video message recorded in Alice Springs from those who experienced the impact of St John Paul II’s iconic words to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986.

John Paul II Alice SpringsOn Sunday 27th November 2016, church leaders, parishes and Indigenous communities will gather together to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Saint John Paul II's (JPII) visit to Alice Springs in the heart of Australia on 29th November 1986, promoting not only rebirth and hope but justice and equal rights of indigenous peoples.

aboriginal art pixabay150The Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, the only national publication written by, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special edition at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) conference last week in Brisbane.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Australia's nuclear industry has a shameful history of 'radioactive racism' dating back to the 1950s British bomb tests. These attitudes persist as plans to dump over half a million tonnes of nuclear waste on Aboriginal land and open new uranium mines, writes CRA Justice Coordinator Claude Mostowik msc in Just Comment.

natsicc logo 150The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) has expressed shock and devastation at the treatment of young people incarcerated in the Don Dale Correctional Facility in Darwin and called for quick and decisive action on this important national issue.

Adnymathanha Elders150Remote and indigenous communities are disproportionately targeted by the nuclear industry, particularly in the deserts of Australia where radioactive waste facilities are proposed, impacting unjustly upon Aboriginal communities, says Natalie Wasley.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:43

NAIDOC Week: 3-10 July 2016

naidoc week logoNational Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

welcome country brochureTo celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on 3 July, Bishop Christopher Saunders launched the annual statement, a parish kit and the ‘Welcome to Country’ DL brochure for parishes to use.

SOR report cvrA report from Reconciliation Australia indicates that while the nation has developed a strong foundation for reconciliation, significant challenges remain.

wire fence 2An over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth on community orders and in youth detention means these children are at risk of becoming a new Stolen Generation unless significant action is taken, says Jesuit Social Services.

Monday, 16 May 2016 15:32

The Australian dream

aboriginal men holding flagIf the Australian dream is to be something more than the howls of racism, then we must listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and work with them for justice, writes Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:42

Dumped-on Elders down but not despairing

Adnymathanha Elders150The news received by Adynamathanha Elders that a property adjacent to the Yappala Indigenous Protected Area would be the proposed dumpsite for national radioactive waste was akin to "getting news of a death", writes Sister Michele Madigan rsj.

NRW 2016The week of May 27 to June 3 is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

wire fence 2Salesian Father Chris Riley said the focus should be on young offenders in the juvenile justice system, only imprisoning as a last resort, reports The Catholic Leader.

Notre Dame Broome 150The University of Notre Dame Australia is leading a four-year national research project to investigate how Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley region of Western Australia deliver value in their communities and to the wider public, reports The Record.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 11:41

National Close the Gap Day

close the gap oxfamWhat can you do to improve indigenous health outcomes? Raise awareness and advocate for action on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People during National Close the Gap Day on March 17.

aboriginal men holding flagDr Chris Sarra, founding Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute offers three recommendations for Indigenous policy to make a difference, reports NITV.

aboriginal men holding flagOn a recent holiday to Central Australia, Gabrielle Fogarty experienced a Spirit-led revelation and awareness to the pain and terror that the Northern Territory Intervention had placed on our First Peoples living in remote communities in the Territory.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:06

Learning about Australian Aboriginal culture

creative spirits logoUnderstand contemporary Aboriginal culture through the Creative Spirits website, featuring articles, infographics, photography and poetry on topics such as the Stolen Generations, Aboriginal history, racism, identity, mental health, poetry and art.

frontier wars conference150To recognise the heroism and sacrifice of the estimated 30,000 Aborigines who lost their lives defending their families and their land in the Frontier Wars, the Marist Family Peace and Justice Group is holding a special all-day Conference on Saturday, 29 August.

aboriginalwomanchild150When I studied theology, there was one concept that seemed to take so long to understand: People need their reality confirmed and not denied. Examples of the denial and the rewriting of reality abound in Australia – currently and historically – in regard to its First Nations people, writes Sister Michele Madigan rsj.

Fr Frank Brennan sj2How do we acknowledge in the Australian Constitution the distinctive place of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and their culture, heritage, traditions, and relationships with country, asks Fr Frank Brennan sj.

aborig sunday posterResources are available to help celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on 5 July 2015 with the theme "We all stand on sacred ground".

aboriginal men holding flagA new book "Everything you Need to Know About the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians" details how the Australian Constitution was drafted and shows how Aboriginal peoples came to be excluded from the new political settlement. Also a DVD recording of a 2014 forum on constitutional recognition organised by the Women’s Reconciliation Network is now available for sharing in schools, community groups and learning circles.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:38

2015 National Reconciliation Week

NRW 2015 posterNational Reconciliation Week (NRW), celebrated every year from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. Find out how you can be involved in the national reconciliation effort and download the Reconciliation Guide for Churches for the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation.

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