Faith in action
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the following article contains names of people who have died.
Today marks the 12 month anniversary of Wayne Fella Morrission, a 29 year old Aboriginal man (in prison for the first time) who died in custody in South Australia. #JusticeforFella
Today also marks just five days since the most recent Aboriginal Death in Custody, Tane Chatfield, a 22-year-old man in Tamworth of which there has been little to no national media coverage.
The 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody began looking at Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1980, the year I was born, and nearly 40 years later, our people are still dying in prison, being denied medical attention, being denied protection.
In the last 12 months the following Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have been reported:
There were – and are – many many more unreported.
Today Wayne’s family still don’t know what happened, the Coroner’s Report is still being finalised, and the Correctional Officers are still working at Yatala prison.
The 339 recommendations from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody have still not all been implemented.
They need to be.
We grieve with the families, the Aboriginal community, and our nation.
Grieve with us.
And stand with us, this Friday, 29 September, for a National call to action:
Brooke Prentis is the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace. She is a descendant of the Waka Waka people, an activist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, a Christian pastor, and an accountant.
Becca De Souza reflects on the recent ‘Voice and the Church’ conference held by Scarred Tree Ministries on the lands of Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation (St John’s Anglican Church, Glebe, Sydney).
Common Grace's Opening Statement at the Community Support and Services Committee of the Queensland Parliament public hearing for the Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021 held on 14 February 2022.
After Closing the Gap announcements last week, Brooke Prentis calls for real action, commitment and change to come.
Today is National Close the Gap Day. The lack of Closing the Gap is an ongoing injustice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to die too young and too often from this injustice, and through these gaps we realise the inequality in these lands now called Australia.