Aboriginal acknowledgement plaques prove popular

Dozens of Catholic organisations across Australia have installed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander acknowledgement plaques on their buildings since their approval by the Bishops in May.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has endorsed the wording on the plaques for use in schools, parishes and organisations nationally.

Testament to the commitment of the Church to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics, more than 100 plaques are now on display in foyers and other places of prominence.

Bishop Eugene Hurley, chair of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, said the plaques were an important reminder to all Australians that they walk on sacred ground.

“We reverence and respect the culture of the people who have recognised the sacredness of the land over many hundreds and thousands of years,” he said.

“These plaques remind us of how much we all have to learn from the deep and abiding spirituality of Aboriginal people. This is especially important for us as a Catholic community.”

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council chairman John Lochowiak said the plaques are a physical sign of welcome and understanding for all Australians.

“It also provides the opportunity to educate the wider community of the need for continual progress on the journey of Reconciliation,” he said.


The plaque reads: “We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years.

“We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.”

For more information about the plaques, contact the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council.