We acknowledge the Yugara and Turrbal people of Meanjin who are the traditional custodians of the land where our head office is based. We also pay respect to the Elders, past and present, and extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we work with and whose ancestral lands we are now part of.

As ‘the Church’ we need to do more to advance the self determination and value of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and their culture. We have a role to play in achieving a just Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights as First Peoples are recognised, respected and enjoyed. But our role is not to lead that process from the front or even walk beside Indigenous people. We need to humble ourselves and learn to walk behind.

In order to resource and support Indigenous leaders and communities, we commit to:
  • challenging our own prejudices and learn more about the ongoing struggle for minority and First Nations people in achieving justice
  • standing up to racism inside and outside the church
  • listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters about how we can work together towards justice
  • directing funds and resources to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries, movements, leaders and their development
  • exploring partnership opportunities that support grassroots efforts led by First Nations peoples