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The Salvation Army South Barwon acknowledges that we meet on land for which the Wathaurong people are the traditional owners and custodians. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present.
The Salvation Army in Australia acknowledges the hurt and pain sustained by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the loss of their land, their children, their communities, their cultures, and their languages. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are comprised of numerous distinct and different cultures, each with its own unique history, beliefs and values. We recognise all of these people groups among the First Nation people of Australia and therefore will include all in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministry endeavours.
The Salvation Army is committed to playing its part in redressing the wrongs done and to challenge policies and processes that fail to observe principles of social inclusion.
We recognise that Australia’s indigenous people have sustained grievous and unacceptable discrimination throughout these latter years of their vast history- as from the time of white settlement.
That the original inhabitants of this land have been denied the full extent of their birthright in terms of personal dignity, adequate health, and a place to “grow.”
That the nation has not adequately addressed the issues which give rise to the custody of some aboriginal people, nor the full impact of such custody on those concerned.
That, all too often, good intentions and integrity of purpose by Australian governments have been negated by a failure to acknowledge the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to consult with them in the decision making processes, and to understand the cultures and customs which impact upon legislation passed “in their best interests.” The separation of indigenous children from their families is a case in point.
We will work together towards the healing of the wounds of the past and promote the
3 June 2008