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Australian Indigenous celebrations in July

July 6 marks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday – a day to celebrate the gifts that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the Catholic Church in Australia. July 6-13 also marks NAIDOC Week. The Institute’s Specific Issues Committee, Indigenous Concerns encourages readers to support these events.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday (July 6, 2008)
Sunday July 6 is an opportunity for all to celebrate the life of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples. Every year, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) produce a Resource Kit for Parishes and Schools to use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday – the first Sunday in July. This kit contains prayers, songs and intentions that can be used to celebrate the gifts that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the Catholic Church in Australia. These liturgy resources are  available for download here.

NAIDOC WEEK (July 6-13, 2008)
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia. The national theme for 2008 is Advance Australia Fair? The aim of the theme this year is to encourage people to reflect on the Australian principle of a “fair go” and for them to consider the inequalities still experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country today.

Our nation continues to thrive and is now recognised as one of the most prosperous countries in the developed world. However, we cannot overlook those in our society who are disadvantaged and whose living conditions are more comparable to struggling nations.

All Australians are encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week activities. Go to the NAIDOC website.

Picture: The NAIDOC poster competition this year has been won by Darwin brothers Duwun and Laniyuk Lee. You can order your posters by calling 1800 050 009.

See also the National Council of Churches in Australia website.

From: Specific Issues Committee, Indigenous Concerns (Anne McGuire, Sisters Rose Glennen, Mary Quinn and Moira Truelson). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.
Email: indigenous.concerns@mercy.org.au

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator
Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au