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Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Sherry Balcombe Coordinator Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Thornbury Victoria Our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, with the assistance of the Australian Bishops’ Conference,  in a video message, requested a blessing from Pope Francis. Recorded in Alice Springs, the video features people present at Blatherskite Park in 1986. These people experienced first-hand the impact […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Christian perspectives on treaty, sovereignty, & constitutional recognition

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WEDNESDAY 9 November 7-9 pm Wesley Uniting Church 148 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Keynote speakers Mr Stuart McMillan President Uniting Church Rev Ken Sumner Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress Panel speakers include Brooke Prentis Waka Waka people Salvation Army Vicki Clark Mutthi Mutthi member of Interim Treaty Working Party VIC Rev Glen Loughrey Wiradjuri St Oswald’s Anglican Church Melbourne […]

October 4th, 2016 | Posted in Indigenous Issues,Member Events | Read More »

Constitutions and Treaties: Law, Justice, Spirituality

Indigenous Australians: Treaties and Constitutional recognition Conference 24-25 September Whitley College – University of Divinity, Melbourne. Cost: $80, or unwaged $40.   Info: http://www.whitley.unimelb.edu.au/constitutions/treaties.   Speakers include Asmi Wood; Maria Bargh; Grant Paulson; Ray Minniecon; Brooke Prentis; Norm Habel; Chris Budden; Robert Hoskin; Naomi Wolfe; Joanna Cruickshank; Ken Manley and Mark Brett.   Enquiries: Prof. […]

August 10th, 2016 | Posted in Events,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world.

Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world.

Bruce Duncan. Not only have Australians been shocked by the cruel behaviour against Indigenous children in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre in the Northern Territory, but also images from the Four Corners program have stunned TV audiences around the world. How could children be subject to such appalling treatment in government institutions? Some 97 percent […]

August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

An election campaign in Reconciliation Week? Amid silence on Indigenous affairs, here’s what must be done.

An election campaign in Reconciliation Week? Amid silence on Indigenous affairs, here’s what must be done.

Jon Altman, Deakin University For the first time a federal election campaign is coinciding with National Reconciliation Week – May 27 to June 3. One hopes this coincidence might spark some serious policy focus on Indigenous affairs. So far, it has been notably absent during the early weeks of the long election campaign. No room […]

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

National Reconciliation Week.

Recognition, treaty, sovereignty, & self-determination: facts & ambitions. Wednesday 1 June 6-7:30pm Swanston Hall Melbourne Town Hall With Professor Gary Foley, Aunty Margaret Gardiner, Shireen Morris, Uncle Gary Murray, Uncle Larry Walsh. MC Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO Free but you need to book online or call 9658 9587

May 25th, 2016 | Posted in Events,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Treaty awareness & fundraising forum

Friday 11 March, 2-3pm Wesley Centre, 100 Yarra St., Geelong.   Yingiya Mark Guyula,Yolŋu Elder & law man and the endorsed Yolŋu Nations Assembly representative.   He is running as an Independent candidate in the upcoming N.T. election in August.    Taungerong man Adam Frogley will speak of Treaties in the Victorian context.   Jon […]

March 8th, 2016 | Posted in Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Australians still Dropping off the Edge.

Australians still Dropping off the Edge.

Jenny Begent.  In the past ten days, media outlets have focused on the scandal of the Speaker of the House’s claim of expenses for her work as Chair of the Standing Committee on Families and Human Services. Her apology (too little, too late) and subsequent resignation, were for me of less consequence than her displays […]

August 6th, 2015 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Frank Brennan: the case for modest constitutional change.

Frank Brennan: the case for modest constitutional change.

This article was originally published in the http://theconversation.com. Australians are increasingly aware of and dissatisfied with the fact that the Australian Constitution does not mention Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of constitutional amendments to remove two negative and outdated references to Aborigines. John Howard, as prime minister, was committed to a […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Jesus and the Dreaming: Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue.

Jesus and the Dreaming: Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue.

Frank Fletcher MSC, Jesus and the Dreaming: Discovering an Australian Spirituality Through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue (Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2013), 344 pp, edited by Fabian Byers. $24.95. Reviewed by John D’Arcy May As someone who regarded Frank Fletcher as a friend and mentor, I welcome this summa of his decades of engagement with the Koories of […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »