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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice

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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.

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.

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