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Tearfund’s work with the First Peoples of Australia

Participants in a Hope for Health retreat
Participants in a Hope for Health retreat have lost weight, reduced their blood pressure, been able to achieve and maintain healthy blood sugar levels and maybe most importantly Yolngu people have been able to protect, promote and facilitate the reclamation of “rom walngaw” – their way to vitality!

Listening and Learning
Amplifying Voices
Supporting First Peoples

Tearfund Australia has a vision for reconciliation, for a just and compassionate world in which all Australians have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. With this vision in mind, we recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the original custodians of this land, experience daily injustice that has led to ill health, poverty, family breakdown and alarming rates of incarceration.

In light of the injustices experienced by Australia’s First People, Tearfund responds in two ways:

1. We provide support

We provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are working to achieve their potential and gain greater control over their own affairs.

TEAR's partnerships with Australia's First Peoples

2. We mobilise Australian Christians

We mobilise Australian Christians and the wider community to work towards a more just and equitable society.

We extend an invitation for all Australian Christians to work with us to overcome injustice. Together, let’s deepen our understanding and prayerfully consider how we can engage in the work of reconciliation and healing that God calls us to.

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What does reconciliation mean to you?

A seven-part series for Reconciliation Week: “Reflections on Reconciliation”, based on interviews with four Christians from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

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2019 National NAIDOC Poster

NAIDOC Week

For NAIDOC Week, we are privileged to share several stories related to the theme: Voice. Treaty. Truth.


Australia

Responding to January 26

For us at Tearfund, January 26 is a time when we prayerfully consider how we can stand together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters in a way that demonstrates our unity in Christ and our commitment to biblically shaped justice.

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Uncle Ray

A Narrative of Mercy for Australia's First Peoples

Pastor Ray Minniecon is well versed in political discourses. Here, he discusses shifting from a narrative of reconciliation to one of mercy.

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Sono Leone
Sono Leone, CEO and founder of Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu.

Strong Women Talking

Learn about Tearfund's partnership with Strong Women Talking – a grass roots movement of First Nations women who are passionate about breaking the cycle of violence caused by domestic and family violence and sexual abuse.

Strong women talking
Hope For Health Helen Guyupul
Guyupl, who is on the Hope For Health Strategic Management Committee celebrates Yolngu vitality!

Hope for Health

Hope for Health is a community-led project supported by Tearfund. A group of courageous women in the Elcho Island community were inspired to form the Hope For Health program to reclaim their wellbeing and vitality.

Hope for health
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Moorditj Keila

Tearfund partner, Moorditj Keila, empower individuals and families to build a community of trust, engagement and participation. Tearfund is supporting their exciting new program which helps young Aboriginal people gain their driver licence.

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People in healthy communities, people in strong communities, people in communities where they are given dignity and opportunity, make better life choices.

Grant Paulson Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leader

Amplifying Voices

Hear three Aboriginal Christian leaders explain how intergenerational trauma, grief and loss affects their communities.

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Supporting First Peoples

We provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are working to achieve their potential and gain greater control over their own affairs.

Listening and Learning

Learn more about issues affecting the First Peoples of Australia.

Use our resources to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Christian faith, and history.

Keep Informed

Keep informed 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.

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