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First Nations

Giving strength to the voice of our First People

NCCA is committed to the churches working together for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and for the healing of our peoples. We believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, nurtured and sustained by God before colonisation, are celebrated at the very heart of what is means to be Australian. 

We support First Peoples through affirmation of the Statement from the Heart and focused indigenous ecumenical advocacy​.

RECONCILATION AS MISSION FOR AUSTRALIAN CHURCHES
29 October 2020
NCCA Assembly
The NCCA meeting was held online via Zoom and took the form of a discussion and sharing on the importance of relationship building and yarning. This was the first Assembly meeting of this kind. 

SEE THE FLYER:  pdf Assembly program 29 10 2020 1 (5.91 MB)

 

   

REFLECTION ON RECONCILIATION
14 June 2020
A more compassionate Australia would be wonderful!
‍‍Peace and Reconciliation can face strange resistances....As we continue our work of reconciliation, we pray for the grace to see people as Jesus sees them. We pray for the grace to persist with our responsibility as ministers of reconciliation. 

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STATEMENT FROM THE HEART
May 2017
First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru 
‍‍The Uluru Statement From The Heart (Uluru Statement) represents a historic consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in seeking constitutional change to enable a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.

READ THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART

   

PILGRIMAGE OF JUSTICE AND PEACE 
June, 2019
In Solidarity with First Nations
The Pilgrimage involved the churches walking together, as First and Second Peoples, around the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra to significant sights of the Journey towards justice, peace and reconciliation. Prayer and reflection stations included the High Court of Australia, Reconciliation Place and steps of Old Parliament House. 

READ MORE:  pdf Prayers for Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace 12 June FINAL (620 KB)

   

CULTURAL SAFETY IN OUR CHURCHES
NCCA Assembly
Postponed during COVID-19 restrictions
The NCCA, like many other organisations, is taking steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (Corona virus) by cancelling or postponing meetings and limiting travel requirements.

DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED

 

MARTUNG UPAH APPEAL

Martung Upah is the NCCA's major fundraising appeal. Income received from this appeal allows us to fund our work, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Fund.

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ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund (ATSIDF), of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is a tax deductible fund set up to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples by giving small, usually one-off grants for community development projects. The projects are funded through the Martung Upah Appeal.

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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PAST WORK

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) was the peak ecumenical Indigenous body in Australia. It was a commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).  With NATSIEC’s guidance, the churches worked together for a fair deal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and for the healing of our nation.

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CHRIST AND CULTURE

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) has held 3 indigenous theology themed conferences which were an opportunity for participants to explore faith in their own cultural context.

  • 2007: Indigenous Theology and Spirituality Conference
  • 2009: Christ Through Culture
  • 2011: Mother Tongue Theologising

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