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Silence and contemplation have an umbilical cord to the pain of the world

AUNTIE Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr is an elder of the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly River region in the Northern Territory. Her people use the term “Dadirri” to speak about inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness.  When you meet Miriam-Rose you are immediately touched by her serenity, her deep peace. One of the great gifts of our Catholic faith tradition is ... Read More »

Ancient stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform on aged care discussions

THE Queensland Government’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care issues and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) provides an opportunity to explore care provision preferences with stakeholder groups.  Two essential voices in this conversation belong to our Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.    These people – my people – have not only survived but also flourished in harsh ... Read More »

Closing the gap – government plans for more teachers to work in remote Indigenous communities

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has called teaching “a calling” as he unveiled a Closing the Gap plan to encourage more teachers to work at remote Indigenous community schools. Under the plan, teacher graduates would have their university HECS debts wiped if they spend four years teaching in remote area Indigenous schools. “If you’re a teacher in a very remote area, ... Read More »

Indigenous schoolboy from Normanton joins alumni at Shorncliffe’s St Patrick’s College

WHEN Antoine Callope Tucker stepped into the grounds of St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, his new black leather shoes weren’t the only discomfort. It was 2013 and the Year 8 student was somewhat bothered by his well-pressed dress shirt and tie. But the greatest contrast to his former schooling in Normanton, near the Gulf of Carpentaria, was the northern Brisbane college’s ... Read More »

Students impressed with NAIDOC celebrations at Upper Coomera

NAIDOC celebrations

ABORIGINAL performer Sean Choolburra weaved a blend of traditional dance, didgeridoo, story, knowledge and humour to help Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, celebrate NAIDOC Week. With a background as a dancer in the Bangarra Dance Company the renowned stand-up comic and cultural ambassador rewarded students with a professional and inspiring cultural experience. For the Year 7-12 students Mr Choolburra’s performance was ... Read More »

Nursing student to advocate for social change in Indigenous communities through scholarship

Kate Gavin in Rome

NURSING student Kate Gavin will honour Indigenous women as she prepares to study in Rome thanks to a scholarship from the Australian Catholic University. The Australian Catholic University student from Brisbane was named the 2018 Francis Xavier Conaci scholarship recipient, which will allow her to study at the institution’s Rome campus. Named after an Aboriginal boy from Australia who left ... Read More »

Church communities urged to push for better rights for Indigenous Australians

reconciliation service

CHURCH communities have been urged to join a nationwide push to improve rights and conditions for indigenous Australians. “It means standing together for justice,” a young indigenous Christian and Waka Waka descendant Brooke Prentis told an ecumenical service at Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Church in Bracken Ridge, during National Reconciliation Week. “Our people are still dying too young, our children are ... Read More »

Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Hundreds of young Indigenous given a chance to finish school with QATSIF scholarship

Alexandra Hills State School students

HUNDREDS of young indigenous students from Queensland will complete their senior years of high school with help from a state-based scholarship fund. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation has delivered scholarships to 1045 indigenous students from all education sectors across the state to support their Year 11 and 12 studies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 56 ... Read More »

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