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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".