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First Peoples of Australia: Learning Resources

Violence tree and peace tree activity

Learn more about issues affecting the First Peoples of Australia.

A collection of resources to help you learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Christian faith, and history.

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View more information about our work with the First Peoples of Australia.

Image: A 'Violence tree and peace tree' drawn by participants at Nungalinya College. Used with permission.

Latest Resources

Learn more about Tearfund's work with the First Peoples of Australia, and subscribe to stay up-to-date about issues affecting Australia’s First Peoples – together, let’s deepen our understanding and prayerfully consider how we can engage in the work of reconciliation and healing to which God calls us.

Listening to Australia's First Peoples

Watch and listen as these First Nations Christian leaders share from their wealth of experience:


Leadership and Reconciliation

Pastor Ray Minniecon invites us to see the power relationships in Moses' story through the three different yet interrelated discourses.

Watch: Leadership and Reconciliation

Celebrating Culture

In this short video, Safina Stewart shares about what she loves about her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture.

Watch: Celebrating Culture

Celebrating Faith

In this short video, Grant Paulson talks about how his faith is deeply connected to his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Watch: Celebrating Faith

Changing the Conversation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leader Uncle Neville Naden and others, speak on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.

Watch: Changing the Conversation

Hope for Tomorrow

A short video capturing the hopeful longing for God’s new tomorrow. Featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders Uncle Ray Minniecon, Grant Paulson and Safina Stewart.

Watch: Hope for Tomorrow

A Narrative of Mercy for Australia's First Peoples

Pastor Ray Minniecon talks about restoration of relationship.

Watch: A Narrative of Mercy for Australia's First Peoples

Prayer, Reflection and Reconciliation

Resources for building connection and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for personal or church/group prayer and reflection:


Tearfund Reconciliation Resources

Resources designed to inspire groups and individuals to act in seeking to build connection and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

View: Tearfund Reconciliation Resources

Reflecting on The Lord's Prayer

Uncle Graham & Grant Paulson speak together about the phrase in the Lord's Prayer 'forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us'. A powerful reflection for us all as we listen and learn. This video is part of a Common Grace teaching series in 2015 that invited Christian leaders across the country to reflect on the Lord's Prayer.

Watch: Reflecting on The Lord's Prayer

As it is in Heaven

Billie Williams takes a theological look at the Lords Prayer from an Aboriginal perspective.

View: As it is in Heaven

Grief, Trauma and Loss

Indigenous Christian leaders reflect on how grief, trauma and loss affect their communities:


The Aboriginal church gets overloaded by funerals

Rev. Mark Kickett shares about the pressures faced by ministers and Aboriginal churches as they live in the reality of lower Indigenous life expectancy.

Read: The Aboriginal church gets overloaded by funerals

There is so much grief

Pastor Don Hayward shares about the huge amount of grief in Aboriginal communities.

Read: There is so much grief

Holding the effects of compound trauma

Three Aboriginal leaders talk about how they respond to those experiencing trauma, and how the broader church can play a role in healing the effects of compound trauma.

Read: Holding the effects of compound trauma

Reconciliation Resources

Reflections on reconciliation and practical ways to be involved:


What does reconciliation mean to you?

Four Christians reflect on reconciliation. This is a 7-part series based on interviews with four Christians from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

Read: What does reconciliation mean to you?

Uncle Neville Naden on Reconciliation

Rev. Neville Naden from the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship and Bush Church Aid compares secular and biblical reconciliation.

Read: Uncle Neville Naden on Reconciliation

Tearfund Reconciliation Action Kit

The Tearfund Reconciliation Action Kit is designed for small groups seeking to go on the journey of reconciliation; of beginning to understand our shared history, of seeking a just Tomorrow and of taking action today.

Read: Tearfund Reconciliation Action Kit

Land Simulation Activity

This game-based activity offers groups an opportunity for reflection on the history of the land they inhabit by simulating the impact colonisation has on culture and existence.

Read: Land Simulation Activity

Advocacy

There are three key issues that Tearfund aims to advocate with First Peoples on: The high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander incarceration, high rates of child of removal from families, and issues arising from the Uluru Statement from the heart.


Change the Record

Tearfund supports the Change the Record campaign, aiming to address issues of the over representation of Aboriginal people in jail and high rates of community violence.

Visit: Change the Record

A voice for those who don’t have a voice

Reverend (Aunty) Alexandra Gator shares about her lifelong work in the prison system.

Read: A voice for those who don't have a voice

No More Band-Aid Solutions

Reverend (Aunty) Alexandra Gator shares about her passion for breaking the cycle that leads so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the criminal justice system.

Read: No More Band-Aid Solutions

Family Matters

Tearfund supports the Family Matters campaign, seeking to address the high rates of child removals from Aboriginal families.

Visit: Family Matters

The Uluru Statement

Voice, Treaty and Truth. Tearfund is guided in our advocacy by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and by the First Peoples organisations that we partner with, who have deep insight into what their communities need.

Read more: The Uluru Statement

Self Determination in Raukkan

Sean Weetra and Rosemary Rigney talk about how they understand “treaty” and what it might mean for them.

Read: Self Determination in Raukkan

Further Reading

These books and resources will help you on your journey to understanding issues affecting First Peoples:


Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.

Read book review: Trouble I've Seen

Finding the Heart of the Nation

Read book review: Finding the Heart of the Nation

Sharing our Story

Learn more about Australia’s shared story through Australians Together’s four part Bible study.

Visit: Australians Together

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