Reconciliation Conversation

Please join CSSV for this important conversation regarding the progress of reconciliation in Australia in light of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the Yoorrook Justice Commission and the Victorian Treaty process.

Special guests Vicki Clark and Fr Frank Brennan SJ will be joining us to discuss how individuals and organisations can engage with, and support progress on reconciliation.

Vicki Clark OAM is a proud Mutthi Mutthi and Wemba Wemba woman, and lifelong advocate, supporter and activist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Vicki founded The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry of Victoria (ACMV) and became the first ever Coordinator of Ministry, where she fostered Aboriginal spirituality within the Catholic church of Victoria for over 25 years. Vicki was a founder of Opening The Doors Foundation and continues as a Trustee. Vicki has been on numerous boards including the Australian Catholic University, the Mary MacKillop Foundation, Caritas Australia, the Sisters of St Joseph, the Edmund Rice Education Australia and as Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council. Vicki was a Government appointee to the Victorian Interim Treaty Working Party. Vicki has won countless awards for her commitment to the Aboriginal community and to Reconciliation, including the Order of Australia Medal which she was awarded in 2018. Vicki is a CSSV life member.

Fr Frank Brennan AO is a Jesuit priest and Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the PM Glynn Institute at Australian Catholic University, an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas More Law School at ACU and research professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. He chaired the National Human Rights Consultation for the Rudd Government and was a member of the Turnbull Government’s expert panel which conducted the Religious Freedom Review.  The Morrison Government appointed him to the Voice Co-Design Senior Advisory Group to help guide the Co-Design process to develop options for an Indigenous voice to government. Fr Frank is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. Fr Frank serves on the boards of Jesuit Social Services and the National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians and on the Advisory Council of the Global Foundation.

When: Friday 5 August 2022

Where: Online Forum

Zoom link available here.

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