Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Aboriginal art: remembering and healing

“Growing up, I would sit with my mother and grandmother and listen to the stories of our traditional customs, hunting and gathering, creation and dreaming stories, animals in the area and daily practices. My mother guided me in translating these stories through a variety of techniques and tools onto canvas and other forms of art,” says Kuku Yalanji woman and Anglicare Southern Queensland staff member Lalania Tusa

"The colleague turned to me and said, 'Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t mean anything by it, but I thought that you being Aboriginal, you wouldn’t have morals or principles!' I was conflicted on whether I should stay, as I so loved working with my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, but unbelievably offended and hurt, I resigned" (Aunty Sandra King OAM, who was awarded a prestigious Australia Day Honours award for service to the Indigenous community in 2020)
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Let's talk about racism: five people, five stories

Racism and cultural prejudice have been increasingly discussed in the media and among the broader community recently. In this year of ‘Being Together: Practising Peacemaking’, five men and women of faith share about their personal encounters with racism and cultural prejudice in a range of settings

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Black Lives Matter!

“Systemic racism operates at the deepest levels of our society. Systemic racism, or institutional racism, by another name, refers to how ‘white superiority’ functions as the norm. It is the lens by which we see all things. It shapes the political system, police force, the educational system, legal system, employment practices, and, yes, even our church,” says National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod

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Message for National Sorry Day 2020

“One of the purposes of National Sorry Day each year is to help Australians have the courage to own the truth of our history and to talk about it. Part of that history involves the huge dislocation caused to families and communities by the forced removal of children,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, as he calls us to a minute’s silence on National Sorry Day at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 May