Walk as one Media Launch – TOMORROW @ St Aloysius, Milson’s Point





MEDIA LAUNCH – THURSDAY 23 AUGUST, 6.30pm Rooftop, St Aloysius College, 47 Upper Pitt Street, Milsons Point WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FORUM – SYDNEY Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25 St Aloysius College, Milsons Point
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 next week in Sydney – 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 Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26. 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.
Guest Speakers will include: Areti Metuamate –An advisor to the NZ Ministry of Justice, currently completing PhD at ANU; April Long LlB – National Project Manager of the National indigenous Youth Leadership Academy; Martin Debelle – Ex ABC journalist and Media Director to the Fahey Government co-founder of Citadel Communications; Beatrice Sheen –Founding Principal of Jarjum Aboriginal College in Redfern; Richard Trudgen – CEO of Aboriginal Resource Development Services; Majhid Heath – Producer, ABC Television Indigenous Department; Tom Powell- Aboriginal man from northern NSW who shares unique traditional tools for healing; Matthew Shields – Indigenous traditional & contemporary Professional Dancer.

There will also be a viewing of 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. Scott Hall’s and Major Cameron’s journey to Bolivia is the centre piece story in Caritas Australia’s 2012-13 advocacy campaign: Walk As One with the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

A 30-second film trailer can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyeu1HI5HKc

Walk As One highlights the plight of more than 370 million Indigenous Peoples worldwide facing injustices which keep them trapped in a cycle of poverty. Universally, issues to do with language barriers, land rights and social and political exclusion, continue to have ongoing and negative impacts on the lives of Indigenous Peoples. It also seeks transformational change in Australian communities and businesses, improvement to Australia’s foreign aid program so that it accounts for the needs of Indigenous Peoples specifically, and respect for and compliance with, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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 with the tools and skills for influencing change in different spheres, including media, online, politics and their local community.
Caritas Australia has programs in more than 30 countries, walking alongside the poorest of the poor, many of them Indigenous.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON GUEST SPEAKERS AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES please contact Anouk Van Meeuwen on 0411 724 598 or email: anouk@avmpublicity.com