The history of our nation deeply affects the present and our future. We must know our past and the details of our present to navigate and create our future.
Commit to your journey of education and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice with these practical ways to learn more.
Watch First Australians
If you are on a journey learning about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander justice issues and the true history of these lands now called Australia, one of the best first steps is to watch the SBS Series First Australians. We encourage you to watch this series with a group of friends, so that you can together discuss what you are learning and process collectively.
The whole First Australians Series is available on SBS On Demand
Read Dark Emu
This is a must read book that challenges the common narrative of Aboriginal peoples as nomadic hunter gatherers. Pascoe uses historical documents such as letters and journals of early settlers to paint a picture of what pre-colonial Aboriginal society really looked like - including sophisticated agricultural, fishing, building and irrigation practices.
You can purchase Dark Emu at most book stores or online
Aunty Rev Dr Denise Champion is an Adnyamathanha woman, theologian and Uniting Church minister. "Anaditj - The Way Things Are" is Aunty Rev Dr Denise Champion’s second book following “Yarta Wandatha” - “The land is speaking”.
For information on how to order Aunty Rev Denise Champion's books click here
Read a review of “Anaditj” - “The way things are” here
We’ve put together a list of children’s book recommendations, including books developed by Aboriginal Christian Leaders, books that teach language, books about creation and books about racism.
View our children’s book recommendations here
We’ve collated prayers and blessings written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians as well as prayers for First Nations peoples written by non-Indigenous Christians. We encourage you to use these to pray individually, with your family, in small groups and in your church.
Access our prayer resources here
Act to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
There have been over 570 Aboriginal Deaths in Custody since 1980 - over 470 of these since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody released their report in 1991. We encourage you to learn the names and stories, pray and act to see change.
You can find relevant resources, prayers and a template letter to send/email the Minister for Corrections and Minister for Police in your state, on our website here
Treaty and Truth Telling for Healing Country
The Treaty and Truth Telling for Healing Country campaign during National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week 2021 saw the release of the Treaty Video, and the Petition for Healing Country.
Learn more about Treaty and Truth Telling, and take action for Healing Country here
Revisit our Key Event Resources
Do you know you can view all of our previous National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, #ChangeTheHeart and Aboriginal Sunday campaign materials on our website! These include reflections and devotions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders, educational and church service resources, prayers, and action steps.
Revisit these here
Stay on the Journey
Get these key dates in your diary!
Today will you put the dates of Common Grace’s upcoming Aboriginal justice campaigns in your calendar (even your church’s calendar) for the year ahead?
National Reconciliation Week: 27th May - 3rd June
NAIDOC Week : 3rd July - 10th July 2022
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Prayer Vigil on the anniversary of the death in custody of Wayne Fella Morrison: 26th September
Click here to download the Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice PDF Poster