Reconciliation Action Group
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Reconciliation in Action
With the assistance of Archdiocesan RAP resources, the Reconciliation Action Group seeks:
(1) To build respectful relationships with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
(2) To gain an understanding and appreciation of the effects of racism (systemic and casual);
(3) To acknowledge historical impacts of colonialisation on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
(4) To identify opportunities to build new pathways to address this through a series of activities and learning opportunities.
We know that we will not be ‘fully the Church that Jesus wants’ us to be until Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made their contribution to the life of the Church and “until that contribution has been joyfully received by others” within the Church.
The Voice Referendum
In late 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body. It would give advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have called for members of the Voice to be chosen by First Nations peoples based on the wishes of local communities.
With the upcoming Voice referrendum its more important then ever that people are informed and engaged regarding this topic. Please see the information and discussions gathered from important leaders within the church and community to stayed informed on this topic and the churches position and guidance.