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Torres Strait Islander parishioners celebrate Mabo Day

Dancer and singers celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark High Court Mabo case decision on Friday 3 June 2022 in the church hall of Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley. The musicians are led by parishioner Uncle Rupert, whose chieftain great-great-great grandfather received the Bible in 1871 from London Missionary Society and Melanesian Christians. The dancers are from the Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Company, and include many Torres Strait Islander parishioners. People from across our Diocesan community gathered for the special service and the spirited fellowship time


Week of Prayer for Reconciliation: “a coming together of hearts, minds and souls”

“The focus on prayer during the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation will give us all an opportunity to pray specifically for a building up of the Body of Christ in a coming together of First Nations peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. The power of this is a coming together of hearts, minds and souls,” says The Rev’d Canon Bruce Boase, Chair of the ACSQ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group


Aboriginal Tent Embassy: the world’s longest ongoing First Nations land rights vigil

“Despite growing up in Canberra, I only first heard about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1998 at the age of 22. During that year I was employed by an Aboriginal agency to tutor First Nations primary school children…At the end of the final tutoring session, the student’s parents thanked me with hand painted gifts, including a rock featuring the Aboriginal flag on one side and ‘The Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1998’ on the other,” says Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group member, Michelle McDonald


More than a word: Reconciliation takes action

“Through the Reconciliation process, I believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of First Nations peoples’ lives will not be determined by their racial background,” says Anglicare Cultural Support Worker and Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner Lalania Tusa, as National Reconciliation Week continues