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Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

Catholic voters say human dignity “a secondary value” in federal election

Aboriginal children

  SEAN Cleary is on side with Australia’s Catholic bishops who have urged the faithful to vote on behalf of the “voiceless” at the upcoming federal election. Mr Cleary, who works for Catholic advocacy group Edmund Rice Centre, said there was no evidence in the election campaign that the dignity of the voiceless was a priority for Australia’s two major political ... Read More »

Too many indigenous Australians in jail, trends show

Indigenous incarceration

ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are in decline, but indigenous Australians remain grossly over represented in jail. There were 339 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.  And 25 years later, Aboriginal people are still over represented in our prison system, despite many of the recommendations addressing this issue.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners ... Read More »

Indigenous Australians say Closing the Gap “doomed to fail”

Sam Watson

BRISBANE indigenous community elder Sam Watson has lamented the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families and locked up. “In 2016 it is the next generation of the stolen generation,” he said, while attending a park event in West End marking 10 years since Closing the Gap was launched to address indigenous disadvantage. “Some areas of disadvantage are ... Read More »

Dodson’s senate move a positive step

Pat Dodson

CATHOLIC peace and justice groups have welcomed the appointment of Aboriginal man Patrick Dodson’s as senator for the Australian Labor Party. Mr Dodson (pictured) was endorsed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to replace Senator Joe Bullock, who resigned over his opposition to same-sex marriage. Leaders from Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Edmund Rice Centre praised Mr Dodson, ... Read More »

Catholic teacher called to improve lives of indigenous youth

Teacher Majella Ritchie with two indigenous students

MAJELLA Ritchie knew nothing about Australian indigenous culture when she left university two years ago, but in two months she’ll be responsible for a handful of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The teacher at St Flannan’s primary school, Zillmere, is headed to Innisfail in January to greet 90 indigenous children at Radiant Life College, a Christian school giving ... Read More »

Indigenous scholarships at stand-out success

Indigenous students win scholarship

PROFESSOR Cindy Shannon takes pride in the success the organisation she leads is having in “closing the gap” in education opportunities for indigenous young people. Prof Cindy Shannon, who chairs the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), spoke of the organisation’s success at the 2015 Brisbane QATSIF graduation ceremony at the University of Queensland on October 22. “The ... Read More »

How Aunty Ruth Hegarty built herself a better future

Aunty Ruth Hegarty

AUNTY Ruth Hegarty loves telling stories.  The 86-year old respected Aboriginal elder, author, advocate for indigenous justice and holder of an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University has recently published two children’s books with five more stories due this month.  These books break away from her previous work that includes an award-winning memoir “Is that you Ruthie?” that detailed life ... Read More »

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