The parish journey of reconciliation action began in December 2015, agreeing as key goals:

  • To complete the first stage within two years
  • To learn about the history of Indigenous people in North Carlton and Melbourne
  • To have a focus on prayer, and the development of a parish prayer for reconciliation
  • To hold special events or services
  • To engage with a local Aboriginal community centre.

Above all, we sought to raise consciousness in the parish. The learning and engaging began in 2016 and has continued over the last twelve months. Significant actions have been:

  • A group from the parish visited the Sovereignty exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, gaining further insights into the history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
  • An Action Plan Launch date was set, namely 4 November 2017.
  • The City of Yarra Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Trail was offered.
  • The parish engaged further with Indigenous Hospitality House, through individual visits and in supporting its fundraising Trivia Night.
  • A reconciliation service was held in NAIDOC week in July at which Anglican minister and Pairrebeenener man Garry Deverell spoke and challenged the parish to costly action.
  • A reconciliation prayer for the parish has been adopted.
  • The City of Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail walk was adapted and led by the Rev’d Hannah Craven.