Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience ongoing discrimination and exclusion. This marginalisation has at times been caused by historical discrimination and oppression, as well as attitudes of racism entrenched within societal activities and policies that devalue the world’s oldest living culture.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are significantly disadvantaged in comparison to non-Indigenous Australians in the following areas:
- Alcohol and other drugs
- Family and Domestic Violence
- Aged care
So, what should be our response to this?
Christians are called to be agents of reconciliation and restoration. We are to be the proclaimers of God’s love for every human being, not in spite of our differences but in acknowledgment that in our differences we more fully represent and reflect our creator. Our goal then must surely be to arrive at a place where Indigenous Australians, their culture, customs and spirituality, are valued, not in a ‘we must tolerate them’ sense but as an integral and essential element within the spirituality and soul of Australia. It is only as this occurs that we can honestly claim to be recognising and embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Just Salvos have put together a resource pack. You can download the full pack here.
Congregational Prayers available for download and use in a meeting here
- Beyond the Myths – this brief video addresses some facts and myths regarding Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Watch here.
- Close the Gap 2015 - This video, from the 2015 Close the Gap campaign discusses what can be done to reduce health inequality. View here.
- This video discusses some of the findings from the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report. It highlights some of the issues that still need to be addressed, as well as some of the improvements Indigenous Australians have experienced. View here.
For information of Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags. Download this document.