POPULAR Aboriginal singer and songwriter Archie Roach brought with him a message of hope, peace, compassion and reconciliation when he visited several Catholic schools during a week-long tour of south-east Queensland.
Archie visited St James’ College, Brisbane on May 5 for an hour-long concert where he talked about life as an Aborigine, violence in Aboriginal communities and being taken away from his mother at the age of three, using songs to accentuate each issue.
On May 6, Archie visited St Francis College, Crestmead and implored students and staff to face up to hardships in their lives and to take responsibility for their future.
Brisbane Catholic Education senior education consultant for indigenous education, Di Peachey, said students identified with how Archie incorporated contemporary Australian issues into his stories and music.
Archie also joined indigenous elders to officially open a Peace and Reconciliation Garden at Holy Rosary School, Windsor on May 8.
He also visited Southern Cross College, Redcliffe; St Columban’s College, Caboolture and Nudgee College, Boondall.