Submission from the heart gets ACSS a start at world Indigenous conference


Members of the Aboriginal Catholic Social Services Team
Jenny Ebsworth (third from right) with fellow members of the Aboriginal Catholic Social Services Team.

Jenny Ebsworth
Jenny Ebsworth.
A submission from the heart from Aboriginal Catholic Social Services (ACSS) Team Member Jenny Ebsworth has given ACSS a seat at the table at the 9th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference in Darwin next week.

Themed ‘For The Generations To Come’, the 22-to-25 August conference will bring together Indigenous representatives from across the globe to share their wisdom and stories while exploring ways to motivate healthful and positive life changes, engage with contemporary issues, support strong female leadership and build Indigenous relationships internationally.

Citing her experiences in helping the local community during her six years with ACCS (a part of Centacare Catholic Social Services – Diocese of Parramatta), Jenny described her submission to attend the conference as being from the heart.

“That’s how I see things,” explained Jenny, who among her many tasks at ACCS is a Circle Sentencing Elder in the Mt Druitt Court and a social justice and cultural awareness speaker. “I love and believe in what we do at ACSS. Good things happen here. It’s important work.”

While her successful submission initially secured Jenny’s place at the conference, subsequent sponsorship from Caritas Australia will now see five other members of the ACCS team attend: Janice Kennedy, Janice Brown, Daisy Barker, Rhonda Randall and Margaret Farrell.

Sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and hosted by the The Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in the Northern Territory, the conference will bring together Indigenous Australians with Indigenous people from countries and regions such as New Zealand, North America and South America.

Jenny said she was particularly looking forward to renewing her acquaintance with the North West Territory Indians from Canada during the conference.

“We have much to learn from their story and the issues they face. We share a similar history with colonisation, oppression and stolen generations,” Jenny said.

“But the conference will also allow others to learn from the story of the Indigenous people of Australia. Indigenous issues are very much misunderstood in this country and there’s still so much work to be done here. Attending a conference like this is another step along the way for us.”


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