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Brisbane rally shines a light on injustices in Australia with first Nations people

A BRISBANE Catholic indigenous leader has described the Black Lives Matter rallies as “a wonderful experience of humanity”. Cynthia Rowan was among the crowd of up to 30,000 that packed inner city Brisbane on June 6, to protest police brutality against Indigenous Australians and call for justice for those who have died in custody. “We call ourselves Australian and we ... Read More »

Spanish Flu ‘wiped out’ Cherbourg indigenous community, now COVID-19 reawakens bitter history

THERE are bitter memories passed down from early last century about how the Spanish flu pandemic wiped out hundreds of people living in Queensland’s Cherbourg indigenous community. “It just about wiped the whole community out. There were roughly only a dozen people who survived it,” 64-year-old Waka Waka elder Bevan Costello said. “That’s the history. At the moment we are ... Read More »

First Aboriginal man to graduate ACU proud of daughter’s Indigenous scholarship win

Philip Dreise

PHILLIP Dreise said the biggest thing that shocked him was how little the current generation knew about the histories of the Stolen Generations. “That goes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids,” the Australian Catholic University lecturer and father-of-four said. “They just don’t believe it could happen to real people and they don’t know the stories behind it. “That’s why I love ... Read More »

Meet Cynthia Rowan, Brisbane archdiocese’s new reconciliation action plan officer

ABORIGINAL educator Cynthia Rowan has taken on the important task of raising Indigenous awareness and introducing a reconciliation action plan (RAP) into the Archdiocese of Brisbane. “The concept of reconciliation is to build a respectful relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community – in this case the Catholic community,” 68-year-old Ms Rowan, a parishioner ... Read More »

Indigenous elder Sam Watson fought for his people all his life

FRIENDS and colleagues remember Indigenous elder and activist Sam Watson as down to earth, courageous and deeply committed to his people. “I can’t remember a time when Sam Watson wasn’t in the public eye – all my life,” Catholic social justice advocate Peter Arndt said. “I cannot remember a time when he wasn’t there at the forefront speaking up for ... Read More »

Indigenous hopes rising with the appointment of Ken Wyatt to leadership at the highest level

A BRISBANE indigenous Catholic leader has hailed the appointment of Ken Wyatt as indigenous Australians’ minister as a significant moment for reconciliation in this country. “I think that this is a great milestone and our young people need to see some leadership at the highest level,” Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “They need to see that through reconciliation we ... 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 »

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 »

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