Launch of Reconciliation Week resource

A collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff from a number of Catholic agencies in the Brisbane Archdiocese and the Toowoomba Diocese has resulted in the production of a resource kit for the National Day of Healing next Thursday, and next week's National Reconciliation Week.

The resource kit, using the theme of National Reconciliation Week 2005, Reconciliation - Take the Next Step, was launched in Brisbane yesterday.

Agencies which worked on the kit included Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Murri Ministry Team, Toowoomba's Catholic Social Justice Commission and Catholic Education Office, and the Edmund Rice Indigenous Ministry Unit.

The kit contains liturgy and prayer resources for use by parishes, schools and groups as well as background information on issues such as the Stolen Generations and the Stolen Wages Campaign.

The Executive Officer of Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Peter Arndt, said that the team of people who put the kit together wants to encourage members of the Church to work for reconciliation as a significant priority.

"Since the great bridge walks of 2000, reconciliation seems to have disappeared from the national stage as a high priority," Mr Arndt said.

"Many Australians demonstrated a firm commitment to national reconciliation back then, but true reconciliation will not happen until our nation has addressed the many injustices experienced by Indigenous people and their serious disadvantage is overcome," he said.

"While Indigenous people remain at the bottom of the pile in terms of health, education, employment and housing, we do not have reconciliation in Australia," he said.

The kit is endorsed by Archbishop Bathersby of Brisbane, Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, and a number of Indigenous representatives.

It has been distributed to parishes and schools in both diocese and is available as web resource at the Commission's website.

Reconciliation Week Resource Launched (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane)

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