Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice
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.
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.
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.
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.