Reconciliation Of Indigenous Australians Analysis

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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 …show more content…
From the early 1700s, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia made annual voyages to the north and northwestern Australian coast in search of trepang. Since European settlement, Muslim migrants have made efforts to connect with Indigenous Australians as they settled in the outback as camel men. Nowadays, Reconciliation is an issue for which there ought to be support from all religious traditions in Australia. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils have pledged to aid the effort in reconciliation, with the pledge of, “Reconciliation means self-determination and human rights for Indigenous peoples.” Furthermore, the AFIC have sent representation to the annual week of prayer function that aims to reconcile with Indigenous Australians. Additionally, Indigenous boxer, Anthony Mundine who identifies himself as a Muslim has worked expansively with the Indigenous youth in boxing to reconcile with their past. Mundine states that, “Boxing is one of the few places where an Aborigine can be treated as an equal,” emphasising the need for the continuation in the Reconciling process. Henceforth the Islamic community have demonstrated in many ways their cohesive relationship with Indigenous Australians in the Reconciliation process; working together towards a better and peaceful religious landscape in

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