It is National Reconciliation week! Bec and Jeziel have the honour of speaking to Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian Leader from the Wakka Wakka peoples. Brooke is the CEO of Common Grace and the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering.
Brooke works ecumenically speaking on issues of Justice affecting Australia and sharing a message of Reconciliation as friendship. She is a founding board member of NAIITS Australia and is a much sought after speaker and writer who is a community pastor and advocate who has a vision to:
“Build an Australia built on truth, justice, love and hope”.
Common grace pursues Jesus and justice. We cannot have reconciliation without truth, justice and action. Reconciliation must more than a word. The way we can be proactive is to realise that is not as hard to connect to Indigenous people. People need to open their eyes. There are over 300 hundred nations of Aboriginal people and over 100 islands in the Torres Strait. Indigenous people make up only 3% of the population of Australia today. However, aboriginal pre colonization were once 100% of the population. We have to reconcile with the true history. Aboriginal people are a gift in the land that we now call Australia.
“We are the world’s oldest continuing living cultures” – Brooke Prentis.
The dates for National Reconciliation Week are from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. These dates are significant because the 27th symbolizes the Australian Government changing the Constitution so it could be involved in the affairs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This meant that the Government could make specific laws that applied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that could assist in addressing inequalities. This date counted Indigenous people as people.
“27th of May being the anniversary of the 1967 referendum that counted us as people” – Brooke Prentis.
June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognized native title—the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonization.
Reconciliation HAS to become MORE than a word
Hear the full interview below: