Ms Vicki Walker

Vision Statement

The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria aims to be perceived as an Aboriginal Community recognised for the commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples having their rightful place in the Church and the wider community.  Inspired by the Gospel we are committed to the dignity of each person to open hospitality, to truth telling about dispossession and to be a place of connection. We work for reconciliation, in partnership with those who believe that there can be an alternative to the present order. Led by the Creator Spirit we are a community of Memory and Hope committed to Truth and Reconciliation. 

From the co-ordinator Vicki Clark (Mutthi Mutthi)

When I started in 1990 with the Archdiocese of Melbourne as the co-ordinator of the (ACM) I soon realised the journey of reconciliation was going to be long and hard. The challenge that confronted me was to of change people's negative attitudes to positive relationships, built on understanding of my Ancestors, Elders, leaders and our young generation’s stories.

I have witnessed many great landmarks within our schools, as there are many schools who are strongly committed to discovering the true history in this country and that history is now taught with an Aboriginal perspective (not the case when I went to school here in Melbourne).  I've been to many wonderful school events that celebrate my culture always highlighting that Aboriginal culture is one of oldest living cultures in world.

Many of our schools have been touched by the sacredness of our ceremonies that have been passed down by the Creator Spirit to my Ancestors, thousands of years before Abraham.

I see Aboriginal flags flying high, acknowledgement plaques mounted on walls, Message Sticks in school Chapels or foyers, camps /excursions that travel to sacred ceremonial places in Aboriginal communities.

I've worked side by side with teachers as they explore their own racism. I've helped them deal with their anger towards the systems that have let Aboriginal people down for over 200 years and the statements I often hear "Nobody told us so, we were not taught about any of this,’ and ‘I don't feel comfortable teaching Aboriginal culture" and I would always answer "You should have asked the question - as an educator it is your responsibility".

Our challenge today is to enshrine all the good work that's been done to achieve true reconciliation.

Somehow the things we have learnt on our journey must be part of our schools culture forever. What we need is a covenant to protect the learning of the future. I invite all schools to work with the ACM to develop Reconciliation plans and sign on to be a FIRE carrier in their schools. One thing we must always remember is that when our children look back at what we have done today they will see us as honourable Ancestors.