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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice

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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.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:38

Keeping aboriginal homelands

aboriginalwomanchild150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has released the latest edition of Just in Time, featuring a factsheet on homelands, which are under threat from government legislation that would cease funding essential services to aboriginal communities.

A message to the Australian Government from many Aboriginal Peoples in Australia is powerfully communicated through the video "Treaties".

ATSI-Sunday 150The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has published "Alive With Power" a reflection guide for celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on 6 July 2014.

Monday, 17 March 2014 14:58

Elders tell of their 'stolen' experience

Elders150Seven Aboriginal elders separated as children from their parents and placed in dormitories at Cherbourg shared their stories last month with students at Mt Alvernia College, Kedron to mark the anniversary of the Apology to Stolen Generations, a gathering which included visiting Thai Ursuline Sister Somchitr and Murri Ministry’s Sister Kay McPadden rsj. 

book launch jan 2014All are invited to the book launch for "In the Absence of Treaty" published by 'concerned Australians' on Thursday 6 February 2014 in Canberra. The book provides concise but incisive account from recent reports about the reasons for the ongoing and growing frustration of many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. In doing so it hints at possibly the only solution - treaties.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:33

"In the Absence of Treaty" book launch

book launch jan 2014All are invited to the book launch for "In the Absence of Treaty" published by 'concerned Australians' on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at Gleebooks in Sydney. This book explores the current inadequacy of the process used in engaging with Aboriginal people and hints at the only possible solution: treaties.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:19

Dismantling the Land Rights Act (NT) 1976

aboriginalwomanchild150Catholic Religious Australia calls on all its members to be aware of what is happening with Land Rights in the Northern Territory. Opportunities for action will be communicated in the coming days.

Monday, 08 July 2013 13:05

NAIDOC Week: 7–14 July 2013

NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians. This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Bark Petitions of the Yolngu people of Yirrkala to the Federal Parliament. Let us remind ourselves of what is happening for these people today and remember them in our prayer.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:05

A grassroots movement

Murri Ministry is now in its 21st year of helping Indigenous Catholics in the Brisbane Archdiocese. Paul Dobbyn of The Catholic Leader spoke to some of the key figures in this ecumenical ministry that involves working with communities, advocacy and offering pastoral and spiritual assistance consistent with Aboriginal culture and tradition.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:12

Redfern Jarjum College lights the way

Redfern Jarjum College has opened its doors to 24 Aboriginal children who were unable to thrive in the mainstream education system with a program specially designed to accommodate their unique cultural needs.

The CRA Justice Network urges you to take action on the rapidly increasing number of children in the Northern Territory being moved into out-of-home care, which repeats the agonising experience of the Stolen Generation.

Following the support given to the Gove Case, Sr Suzette Clark rsc of the CRA Justice Network urges us to pray for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 22:07

A Lenten invitation

Ash Wednesday marks the 5th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations. The Justice Network invites you to celebrate the Apology and begin your Lenten journey by focusing your prayer, fasting and giving of alms on a specific justice issue for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sisters and brothers.

A new book by ‘concerned Australians’ is an important historical record focusing on the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation. It shows how the Government decision-making process chose to ignore the views and ideas expressed by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory communities in much the same way as has happened since colonisation. This book will be launched in Sydney on 5 November. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 17:52

Transformed by neighbours

Sister Esmey Herscovitch rscj talks about the work at The Gathering Place among the Aboriginal community at Redfern. Her story reveals a fundamental element in the pursuit of social justice that we can apply to daily life, writes Giselle Lapitan.

Thursday, 09 August 2012 13:37

Walking with Indigenous people

A campaign to forge a path to justice for Indigenous people is being launched by Caritas Australia this month. And the inaugural "Walk As One Forum' on 25-26 August 2012 will be of great interest to those working in social justice and development, particularly for those working with Indigenous communities.


CRA joins in the voices advocating for Indigenous communities to determine their own future and live free from fear. Sr Suzette Clark rsc of the CRA Justice Network shows how you can make your voice heard.

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) supports the call of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to investigate whether the proposed Stronger Futures legislation complies with Australia’s obligation to human rights.

Napitji Napitji. “ I teach you; you teach me.” These words express the concept of a mutual exchange from which people learn from each other and grow all the richer. Sister Louise McKeogh fma shares the gift that comes from listening to Indigenous peoples’ stories.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:06

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week 2012 poster The week of 27 May to 3 June commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Monday, 07 May 2012 11:17

Stronger futures or stolen futures?

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) call upon all Federal Senators not to pass the legislation of the 'Stronger Futures Northern Territory 2011 Bill'.

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The Stronger Futures legislation was rushed through the Lower House of Parliament, and the decision now rests with the Senate. It is expected to be voted on when the Senate resumes on 8 May.

Friday, 23 March 2012 08:45

Urging the government to listen

Sr Anne Derwin rsjMany of our congregations are disturbed by the Australian Government’s continuing failure to include Aboriginal communities in genuine and adequate consultation and participation, particularly in relation to new legislation before Parliament, says CRA National President Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Sr Clare Condon sgsIn 2010, the Commonwealth Government promised to hold a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition at or before the next election. Surely now is the time to act, says Clare Condon SGS.

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