The Salvation Army's Multicultural and Indigenous Australia Council (SAMIAC) was established at the beginning of 2004 by bringing together the Cross Cultural Ministries Consultancy and the Salvation Army Aboriginal Ministries Advisory Council (SAAMAC).
The agenda behind the amalgamation was not an attempt to assimilate or minimise either indigenous issues or new and emerging ethnic ministries, but rather an acknowledgement that the principles involved in creating culturally and contextually relevant ministry apply to all ministry. In bringing together people who are passionate about ministry to the ethnically marginalised we hope to remind The Salvation Army of its ministry obligations and be innovative in resourcing existing Salvation Army ministries.
Without an intentional engagement with all Australians regardless of ethnicity and faith commitment, SAMIAC believes that it will be impossible for The Salvation Army to achieve it's stated intention of:
- Transforming Lives
- Caring for People
- Making Disciples
- Reforming Society