The Australian Jesuit Province’s Bookends Project is inviting staff to deepen their understanding of topics related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and refugees – the two groups caught in Australia’s ‘bookends of rejection’.
The following videos have been produced by Bookends Project Officer Anastasia Moore, in conjunction with Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne. They aim to provide some more context on this issue for staff around the Province.
Video #1: Aboriginal faith and culture
In this video, we explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics bring faith and culture together. Sherry Balcombe takes us on a tour of some of the important symbols and spaces at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Centre in Melbourne.
Video #2: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne Mission Statement
In this video, Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne shares the mission of the organisation.
Video #3: Uluru Statement from the Heart
In this video, Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne reads out the Uluru Statement, which was signed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders last year, calling for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.