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First Nations

NATSICC Virtual retreat

I am the vine, you are the Branches. 

Registrations are now open for the first National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Virtual retreat. Originally scheduled as an 'in person' conference, it will now be delivered virtually. It is hoped to foster healing and mutual respect through sharing and understanding.

This NATSICC retreat will focus on the understanding of Faith and Spirituality from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous perspectives.

Who: The event is suitable for those working in a Catholic Context with First Nations Catholics as well as First Nations people. We have adopted a true 'Retreat' format (in difference to a conference format) that incorporates quiet time for reflection and a slower, more contemplative pace. 

When: Sunday 21- Wednesday 24 November 2021

Cost: Registration for the retreat is $50.

More information and to register: visit the Virtual retreat homepage

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund 

Applications close: Friday 15 October 2021 

Applications are invited for 2021-2022 funding. 

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund (ATSIDF), of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is a 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 NCCA annual Martung Upah Appeal.

How to Apply

ATSIDF applications must be made on the appropriate form. Please read the guidelines before making your submission. Please note that grants over $5,000, or for recurrent funding, will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact the NCCA on (02) 8259 0800 prior to submitting your application.

For more information on the the Program guidelines and to access the application form please visit the NCCA First Nations' website page  

NB: Closing date for current round applications is Friday 15 October 2021  

Martung Upah Appeal

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

Your gift makes an enormous difference to help us support our First Nations people. Without it, we would not be able to provide educational resources to the wider community; engage the Churches in Indigenous issues or fund important community development projects.

The Martung Upah appeal is one way that you can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples directly.  Our aim is to build a better tomorrow for all First Nations children so that injustice and discrimination will not be part of Australia’s future.

We look forward to our continued partnership and thank you for your support.

Martung Upah is from Western Australia and means ‘partnership'.

Donate to the Martung Upah Appeal: To make a secure on line donation click on this link or logo  


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