Search Results: Fr Brian McCoy SJ

  • AUSTRALIA

    Back to the future for Indigenous youth

    • Brian McCoy
    • 06 July 2009
    4 Comments

    Young people ideally move into adulthood with pride and a sense of generational history. Identity is not just about becoming an individual, but knowing, valuing and embodying one's ancestral past. But moving forwards while looking backwards can be risky.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Obama and Baz Luhrmann's Australia

    • Brian McCoy
    • 23 January 2009
    4 Comments

    Australia Day comes this year shortly after Obama's entry into the White House. Like the child in Australia — a film that captures something of the mixed history of our Australian footprint — Obama embodies the possibility of healing across racial and other divides.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Standing up for students' rites

    • Brian McCoy
    • 12 November 2008
    7 Comments

    Media exposure of some students' controversial end-of-school celebrations revealed a cultural deficit. Aboriginal men experience rituals that support their transition from boyhood into adulthood. Rituals in Western society are less clear.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reflections of one who came to stay

    • Brian McCoy
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    Those of us not of Aboriginal ancestry can be tempted to see our origins in foreign lands. Although we may not share the identity of First Australians, we owe the benefits of our lives to the land that was, and continues to be, theirs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott's complex Aboriginal odyssey

    • Brian McCoy
    • 04 September 2008
    11 Comments

    The news Tony Abbott would spend three weeks in a remote Aboriginal community came as a pleasant surprise to many. He gave himself a chance to learn, and his reflections reveal a genuine interest in the lives of the people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The roots of Aboriginal activism

    • Brian McCoy
    • 06 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Events such as the National Apology and the Northern Territory Intervention loom large in the collective memory. Many of the struggles faced by early 20th century activist Fred Maynard regarding the protection of Indigenous rights remain with us today.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    After apology, it's back to the future

    • Brian McCoy
    • 27 February 2008
    17 Comments

    The missionaries thought the removal of children 'for education' was both the good and only thing to do. Modern attitudes reflect old ones, especially when people enter Aboriginal communities with a set of ready-made answers around employment, health and education.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal dignity requires 'subversive' religion

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Indigenous beliefs were - and are - considered subversive, and therefore suppressed in colonised societies on earth. Zimbabwe's Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1899 was repealed last year as part of Robert Mugabe's heightened reaction against colonialism.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deeply buried emotions of the Stolen Generations

    • Brian McCoy
    • 18 May 2007
    5 Comments

    This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. A new book celebrates the efforts of the late Aboriginal activist and leader Rob Riley to redress a litany of wrongs and injustices towards his people.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'. From 22 August 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 21 August 2006
    12 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'.

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