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Our vision for Reconciliation and Declaration of Support
The Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s vision for Reconciliation is a future of openness where the First Nations Peoples will be restored to a place of equity, dignity, and respect.
We fully support the national Anglican Church of Australia’s Joint Affirmation of Faith and Justice with First Nations Peoples (carried by affirmation at General Synod, October 2007) and have sought practical ways to do so, including our association with Reconciliation Australia and the prescribed process of Reconciliation Action Plans. Our Diocese supports the subsequent call of the Anglican Board of Mission for a Constitutionally-Entrenched First Nations Voice (November 2017).
In 2017, the First Nations peoples of Australia presented the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the Federal Government and Australian people as an expression of their aspirations for bringing about true and lasting Reconciliation, including:
The Constitutional Change – enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution that would empower First Nations peoples
The Legislative Change – the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making with Australian governments and oversee a process of truth-telling about Australia’s history and colonisation.
Reconciliation - Community & Church
Anglican Church Southern Queensland Archbishop Phillip Aspinall acknowledges National Sorry Day and pays respect to the Stolen Generation who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and acknowledge the work that the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and it’s commission and agencies to break down barriers through our Reconciliation Action Plan rejoicing in the celebration of National Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation Week 2022
Living Languages: The Importance of Language for First Nations Peoples
Reconciliation Week 2021
Meet some of our First Nations Workers
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Reconciliation Photo Gallery
About the Artist - Stevie O'Chin
Three stunning interrelated Aboriginal dot paintings, representing our Diocesan Regions and commissioned by the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, are travelling individually around our Diocese and are being displayed as a reminder of our Christian call to Reconciliation. Each artwork represents a geographical faith Region of our Diocesan community – the Northern, Southern and Western Regions – and join together as one united piece, with the Pacific Ocean bordering the joint work’s right-hand-side.
These three artworks tie in directly with the Diocesan Reconciliation Action Plan and will travel around our community as a reminder of our Christian call to Reconciliation. At key Diocesan events the three paintings will come together as a symbol of ‘Being Together’ and that we are one Church.
The dot paintings were created by talented emerging artist Stevie O’Chin, who belongs to the Kabi Kabi and Koa peoples on her father’s side and the Yuin people on her mother’s side. Stevie O’Chin said that the intricate circles in each artwork represent our Diocese’s Marks of Mission and share common motifs.
“Each circle has ‘U shapes’ that surround the symbols – these symbolise people gathering together to worship, and the blue dotted rings around each symbol in the circles mark the spiritual healing power of God,” Ms O’Chin said. “The seven symbols painted within circles in the tri-Regional landscape represent the seven Marks of Mission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.”
Dot painting is an ancient and deeply symbolic practice of the world’s oldest continuously living culture and started with sand, soil, and body ‘canvases’. Now one of the most internationally recognised Aboriginal art forms, First Nations artists commenced dot painting on framed stretched canvases in the 1970s.
Ms O’Chin said, “that she carries on a family legacy of Aboriginal dot painting. My paintings are inspired by my surroundings and stories told to me by my parents and family elders.”
Executive Director of Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission and RAP Working Group member Dr Stephen Harrison said, “that the three artworks support the Diocesan Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and symbolise our Diocesan community’s collective commitment to Reconciliation.