From Beswick – Bolivia; World’s Indigenous Peoples Forum in Sydney

IN a bid to bring vital attention to the plight of the world’s Indigenous Peoples, Caritas Australia is preparing to launch its 2012/13 advocacy campaign – Walk As One: Connecting with the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Connecting Australians with the stories of Indigenous Peoples from Australia and all over the world, Caritas will hold valuable sessions on the big issues at St Aloysius College, Milsons Point in Sydney on the weekend of August 25 and 26:

Here participants will have the chance to take part in a series of workshops and learn about traditional culture from artists and performers including weavers, traditional healers and contemporary dancers.

They will also view a short documentary about an extraordinary journey where two young Australian men from a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory travel to the Amazon rainforest to exchange stories and learn from each other.

A 30-second film trailer can be seen here: Walk as One Promotional Video

Participants will learn to become change-makers, benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of leaders such as April Long, Frank Brennan SJ and many more. They will return to their respective communities will the tools and skills for influencing change in different spheres, including media, online, politics and their local community.

Did you know? More than 370 million Indigenous Peoples live in some 90 countries around the world today.  They are: custodians of some of the world’s most biologically diverse territories, responsible for much of the world’s cultural and linguistic diversity and their traditional knowledge is an invaluable resource in many sectors, such as medicine and agriculture.

At the same time they remain among the most marginalised and disadvantaged peoples in the world.

“The workshops will engage participants in Indigenous art, spirituality, craft and language that demonstrate the extraordinary role Indigenous Peoples play now and in the past,” Walk As One campaign coordinator, Alex Engel, said.

“People will learn about the injustices Indigenous Peoples face and how to help bring about positive change in their own communities.”

Caritas Australia has programs in more than 30 countries, walking alongside the poorest of the poor, many of them Indigenous.

For more information and to REGISTER go to: www.caritas.org.au/walkasone

Media contact: Ryan Heffernan – 0408 869 833 or ryanh@caritas.org.au