Modern Slavery: What’s the plan?

Have you read Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Modern Slavery 2020 – 2025? The NAP is the government’s roadmap for action and engagement with survivors, civil society and business. It is also backed by an allocation of $4.4 million of grant funding for projects that align with its 5 national strategic priorities: preventdisrupt,… Read More »Modern Slavery: What’s the plan?

National Wattle Day

National Wattle Day has been officially celebrated since 1992. "On 1 September 1988, Golden Wattle was declared officially as Australia's national floral emblem. While Golden Wattle had long enjoyed that status informally - note its prominent place within the Commonwealth Coat of Arms dating from 1912 (frontispiece) and on the insignia of the Order of… Read More »National Wattle Day

Catholic Mission: One Heart, Many Voices Conference

Every two years Catholic Mission, in partnership with Catholic Religious Australia, hosts the Mission: one heart many voices conference. This year the conference is completely online and provides participants the opportunity to experience a diverse range of international and local speakers with broad lived and practical experience in their respective field. This MOHMV conference will… Read More »Catholic Mission: One Heart, Many Voices Conference

1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament

Action Does your parish, school or Catholic organisation have a Reconciliation Action Plan? Today might be a good day to check on your progress, or to start the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. What is Reconciliation? ANTaR describe reconciliation as "a process where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, non-Indigenous Australians and Australian… Read More »1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament

National Threatened Species Day

"National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country on 7 September to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts."NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

1843: Battle of One Tree Hill near Toowoomba, QLD, between Aboriginal landowners and European settlers

"In the early years of European settlement on the Darling Downs relations between the two races were mostly friendly. However, by the 1840s relations had turned sour. The European settlers did not understand the indigenous population's deep spiritual connection to the land and so often treated their sacred sites (natural features of the land) poorly.… Read More »1843: Battle of One Tree Hill near Toowoomba, QLD, between Aboriginal landowners and European settlers

1993: Death of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Aboriginal poet, activist and artist

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, on Minjerribah (the Stradbroke Island). She was a poet, political activist, artist and educator. Oodgeroo Noonuccal means Oodgeroo of the tribe Nunuccal. Oodgeroo was a strong promoter of Aboriginal culture and a campaigner for indigenous rights. As the Australian Women's Register explains: "Oodgeroo's work has… Read More »1993: Death of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Aboriginal poet, activist and artist