A National Examination On The Reconciliation Of Indigenous Australians

1103 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
In addressing matters with regards to a national examination on the reconciliation of Indigenous Australians, the major religious traditions in Australia have all contributed to the area of Aboriginal welfare and acknowledged the adversity and maltreatment they have endured at the hands of white culture. For example, Christian churches and the Islamic councils have played an integral part in the long process of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians since the recognition of Aboriginal mistreatment post WW2. However, examination of such relationships must differentiate both its positive and negative factors. For example, Christian churches in the past believed they were acting in care to Indigenous peoples, however over time, it was evident that part of the most destructive elements championed by the notion of ‘White superiority’ were peddled by the Christian Churches. Therefore, with the recognition of past havocs, there has been a consolidated exertion by both the Christian and Islamic communities to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in the reconciliation process.
There has been a long-standing relationship between the Christian churches and the Indigenous people of Australia. Many Christian missions were established in the 1820’s onwards, Christian missionaries extensively lobbied the government about the need to ‘Christianize’ and civilize the natives. This was later achieved by forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their parents,…

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