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February 2017

Anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples

February 13, 2017

On February 13th, 2008, the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, apologised to the Stolen Generations. Each year we commemorate the anniversary of this important day. For more information, to read the full transcript of the Apology or watch the video visit: http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/our-people/apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples

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March 2017

National Close the Gap Day

March 16, 2017

First organised in 2006, National Close the Gap Day aims bring people together to share information and, most importantly, take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. For more information visit: https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/national-close-the-gap-day/ 

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May 2017

Difficult conversations

May 17, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Green Brain Conference Rooms, Lvl 7, Building 16, RMIT City Campus, 336-348 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic Australia
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Panel responses to those questions you've always wanted to ask but never felt able. Experts from the field will respond to awkward questions about the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system. Join us for breakfast and dialogue. The Family Matters Campaign is a campaign that seeks to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system. The campaign calls attention to the overwhelming prevalence of Aboriginal and…

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Not Seen, Not Heard: The Hidden Stolen Generation

May 17, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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In 2008, when Kevin Rudd made his historic apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians, he envisaged ‘a future where this parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.’ Since that speech, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care has surged by an appalling 65 per cent. Today there are nearly 1700 Indigenous kids living in out-of-home care; they are nine times more likely than non-Indigenous kids to be…

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Connecting kids and Indigenous culture

May 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room TD121, Swinburne Institute of Technology – Hawthorn Campus, 56 Park St
Hawthorn, Vic Australia
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Indigenous Matters and the Department of Health and Medical Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology invite you to the launch of the Family Matters campaign and report into experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. Culture is fundamental to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health and well-being. Traditional practices including sharing food, performing ceremony and exchanging knowledge, ensure continuity of culture and connection to land. Our panel presentation will explore how connection to country, community…

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Family Matters Community Day

May 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street
Footscray, Vic Australia
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The Family Matters Community Day will feature an expert panel of prominent Victorian Aboriginal leaders in health, justice, early years & education, and child and family welfare. Panelists will discuss the crucial issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in out-of-home care, focusing on: why a holistic approach to child safety and wellbeing is so important, and how getting it right for children and families, and ensuring meaningful participation in decision making, is a crucial step in self-determination for…

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Family Matters in Adelaide

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Rundle Mall
Adelaide, SA Australia
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In South Australia, the Family Matters campaign team are working to raise awareness of the over-representation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children in state care. As part of this, we are holding a special day of activities right in the hear of Adelaide, where a range of performances will celebrate the connection to culture that is so important to ensuring Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe and secure. Join us in Rundle Mall for a spectacular event including:…

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Family Matters Community Day – Free Live Music Performance

May 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street
Footscray, Vic Australia
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Following the morning's activities, the Family Matters Community Day will feature a series of live music performances, to be held in the amphitheatre at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.   Brett Lee A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster 300km north of Sydney. Having spent his pre-20’s as an athlete, he began his musical journey at the age of 20.…

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20th Anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ Report

May 26, 2017

This day marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the landmark 'Bringing them Home' Report - the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. For more information, or to read the report in full, visit: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/bringing-them-home-report-1997 

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