Social Justice Convention 2015, Mater Christi College Belgrave

12 November 2015

Over 100 students from Mater Christi College and St Joseph’s College gathered in October to consider the important issue of forced closure of Indigenous communities.  Organised by the Mater Christi Year 11 Council, the day promised to challenge and confront participants.

The students approached the topic in an informed, mature and compassionate manner.  The program included guest speakers – a candidate for a federal electorate, a local government councillor and Delsie Lillyst from Catholic Education Melbourne, group discussions and a Question and Answer Panel.

Students engaged in challenging conversations and were presented with data and stories that illustrated the complexities and inequities surrounding the treatment and status of Indigenous people in Australia.  By listening to guest speakers and considering Australian Bureau of Statistics data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the students were able to look at a single issue within the broader context of health, social justice, education and employment.

The experience left the students asking more questions than there are answers, raised awareness of Indigenous issues and inspired young people to be more active in the social justice and political spheres.

 

Carmel Feeney

Deputy Principal, Wellbeing