After the Apology

LISTEN, LEARN, STAND UP & TAKE ACTION

Here’s some ideas on how you can support the campaign to stop continuing stolen generations and the extreme over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care.


SIGN THE PETITION 

Sign and build support for this petition calling for fundamental reforms to stop the mass removal of Aboriginal children and ensure Indigenous self determination in child welfare.

You can sign and share the online petition here.

Alternatively, download a PDF copy of the petition here. 

Seek endorsement for the petition from any organisation you are involved in e.g. community group, church group, trade union.


LISTEN & LEARN

Educate yourself about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, perspectives and histories. Check out the publications from UTS Jumbunna Institute for Education and Resarch.

Learn more about the alarming rise of Indigenous children in out-of-home care, why this is happening and what can be done to turn it around.


IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS 

Reading Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence: Aboriginal Child Removal in 2017, Dr Hannah McGlade

Stolen Futures: Aboriginal child removal and the NT Intervention, Padraic Gibson

NTER Took the Children Away, Dr Thalia Anthony

Bringing Them Home Report - Part 6 Contemporary Separations, Chapter 21 - Child Welfare and Care and Protection


SHORTER ARTICLES

‘Saving the Children’ are the three most dangerous words uttered by white people, Amy McQuire

Indigenous kids are still being removed from their families, more than ever before, Larissa Behrendt

Why I chose to quit my job in Aboriginal child protection, Debra Swan

We cannot wait another decade to take meaningful action, Dr Paul Gray

A White Woman Took My Baby, Dr Chelsea Bond

This Sorry Day we’ll raise the voice of Indigenous children past and present, Evelyn Araluen Corr

The Family Matters Campaign publications


STAND UP

To casual racism. Racism. It Stops With Me campaign.


TAKE ACTION

Get involved in the Family Matters campaign.

Write to or call your State and Federal Minister and let them know you want to act to eliminate the over-representation of Indigenous kids in out-of-home care and that more funding needs to go to support Indigenous-run prevention programs that support families and ensure self-determination, a key recommendation of the Bringing Them Home Report is applied in government policy.

Get in touch with a Grandmothers group or other grassroots organisation campaigning on this issue. 


INDIVIDUALLY

Sign up to Family Matters Campaign. Take the pledge and get involved in the campaign.

Write to or call your State and Federal Minister and let them know you want to act to eliminate the over-representation of Indigenous kids in out-of-home care and that more funding needs to go to support Indigenous run prevention programs that support families and ensure self-determination, a key recommendation of the Bringing Them Home Report, is applied in government policy.

Get in touch with a Grandmothers Against Removals group or other grassroots organisations campaigning on this issue.

Grandmothers Against Removals Facebook Page

Grandmothers Against Removals NSW Facebook Page

Grandmothers Against Forced Removals South Australia Facebook Page

Bundjalung – Ballina GMAR Facebook Page

My Struggle My Fight Facebook Page – a film about forced removals in Cherbourg

Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy Facebook Page

Shut Youth Prisons Mbartwe – Alice Springs Facebook Page

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation


AT WORK AND IN COMMUNITY 

Host a screening of After The Apology in your workplace. Consider screening the film to coincide with Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week or NAIDOC or as part of your workplace’s commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan.

GMAR and the Family Matters’ campaign have developed some excellent state-specific community resources guides to support communities in responding to child protection issues. Check them out here.

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