Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Following are some internet based resources on issues facing Indigenous Australians. It is assumed that organisations such as ANTAR ( http://www.antar.org.au/), and Reconciliation (http://www.reconciliation.org.au/) are already known.The links contained in the following sites will take readers into such issues such as the stolen generation, land rights, racism and stolen wages.

1. 30 Years of Reports into Aboriginal Australia.

There is no longer an excuse for not knowing what has been happening to Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)communities.This site lists all of the reports,royal commissions and enquiries which have been conducted over the years.

2.Women for Wik

A rich and varied site;important because of its women's perspective,but also because of its current and breaking news section (ABC,SBS,Koori Mail,Indigenous Times),blog watch,video,as well as an invaluable listing of black resources.

3.Religion,Spirituality and Worship

There are 3 sites which provide both information and resources which can be used in services as well as with children and young people.

a. Australian Museum

An easy to read and accessible site on timelines as well as detailed information on Aboriginal spirituality.Also contains a good collection of stories of the dreamtime.

b.Catholic Education SA.

Not a site to be missed.Covers everything from justice,spirituality,education kits,liturgical resources,and music. For Victorians do not miss the link to Yarra Healing to provide all the information on the Aboriginal communities from whom land was stolen to build your churches!

c.Australian Catholic Ministry

A comprehensive resource of indigenous prayers and liturgies.

4.Black History and Action

This is the site of one of the best known black activists.Gary Foley's collection of more than 3500 pages covers,reproductions of historic statements,photographs,time lines,articles,as well as one of the best collections of cartoons covering some of the significant black actions over the years.Great for browsing.

SJN thanks Alan Matheson for these resources.