The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for June is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in June 2017, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here.
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
This week we have been celebrating National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May through to 3 June. The week spans two important commemorations. These commemorations are all the more significant as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, in which over 90 per cent of Australians voted for the constitution to be amended to include Indigenous people in the census, and the 25th anniversary of the High Court’s 1992 Mabo decision that introduced native title into Australian law and removed the myth of terra nullius.
That the recognition of the First Peoples, their land, history and culture is captured in these momentous decisions also reminds us that the work of reconciliation and recognition continues. This is captured in the theme of Reconciliation Week: ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’. The organisers have called for all Australians to join the national reconciliation effort and remind us that all big changes take persistence and courage.
On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 referendum more than 250 delegates at the 2017 First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru issued an historic ‘Statement From The Heart’ with the hope of improving the lives of future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples…