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Indigenous students from Brisbane Catholic schools farewell 12 years of education

IT was the end of 12 years of schooling, and Brisbane’s Catholic school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were farewelled at a graduation liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 11. Vashti Borthwick-Beetson, from St Columban’s College, Caboolture, offered a heartfelt student reflection on behalf of all graduates at the liturgy. She thanked everyone who had helped them achieve ... Read More »

Two rivers meeting, hope for Solidarity – panel agrees future of Indigenous Australia full of hope

THE future for Indigenous Australians is full of hope, agreed the panellists at the 7th Annual Australian Catholic University Solidarity Dinner at Brisbane’s Hilton Hotel on July 31. Panellists Cape York Land Council chair Richie Ah Mat, Indigenous Corporations registrar Selwyn Button, ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, 2016 Churchill Fellow Dr Doseena Fergie and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge shed light ... Read More »

Toni Janke is making a difference ‘one family at a time’ by getting out of the way and letting God work

HOW’S this for a job description – “My job is to get out of the way, and let God do His work”? That’s what it boils down to for Toni Janke in her role as Indigenous Services co-ordinator within Centacare Family and Relationship Services’ Brisbane Metropolitan Region. Day to day she’s supporting people in crisis, sometimes facing the toughest time ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Bishop criticises PM’s comments on Aboriginal people living in remote communities

Bishop Christopher Saunders

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s comment that Aboriginal peoples were living in remote communities as a “lifestyle choice” has sparked immediate criticism from chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Bishop Christopher Saunders. Bishop Saunders of Broome, in a statement yesterday (March 11), has posed the question “what choice?” to Mr Abbott. “Where ... Read More »

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