Our presentations are driven by the power of people’s life experiences and stories, along with the impact they have had on their spiritual life.
All are welcome.
The ANSD Melbourne regional representative is Pamela Richardson. Email Pamela
Acknowledgement of Country
In Victoria we acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who for many thousands of years cared for the lands now called Australia. We acknowledge the pain of their dispossession, the destruction of their way of life, the miracle of their survival, the strength of their regeneration, and the resilience and courage which has brought them to this day.
We who live in Melbourne particularly honour the Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin nation, the traditional owners of the land watered by the Yarra River and its tributaries. Reduced to a mere 181 souls by 1863 they have slowly but surely recovered from this devastation so that today, under the auspices of the Wurundjeri Land Council, they are running educational programs both on the Coranderrk estate and in the wider community, raising awareness of Wurundjeri history and culture.
Elsewhere in Victoria Aboriginal people are regaining their lands, reviving their languages, strengthening their traditions. and with the Victorian Government working towards a treaty. The treaty process is now in its second phase, as the First Peoples’ Assembly has been elected and work has begun on establishing the elements required for future negotiations. It is increasingly being recognised that it might not be possible to have one state-wide treaty, rather multiple treaties with individual Aboriginal groups may be the final outcome.
As spiritual directors in the Melbourne region we seek to be partners with Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice, as we all long for the wound at the heart of our nation to be healed. We also support the petitions of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which is a clear declaration of current Aboriginal claims – an Aboriginal Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution, a Makarrata to explore the possibility of a Treaty, and a public acknowledgement of the true facts of this country’s history. In other words: Voice, Treaty, Truth.
Victoria Region program for 2020
Welcome to 2020 Victoria Region ANSD up and coming gatherings! We have planned motivating, wakening times, led by inspirational leaders. We will be guided in exploring: biblical texts, death and bereavement, an indigenous artist’s visual expression and our own creative space.