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SNAICC Conversations: Family Matters
May 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Family Matters campaign is Australia’s national, community-led campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040.
Each year, the Family Matters campaign holds the National Week of Action: an annual awareness-raising event to harness public engagement and political commitment to the campaign’s key advocacy asks and the community-led solutions that we know work to keep children safe and connected to culture. This year’s National Week of Action – held between 20-26 May – will focus on highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led programs across the country that seek to empower and support families to ensure that children remain with their families, connected to family, community and culture.
Ahead of the National Week of Action, the panellists will draw on their professional and personal experiences to highlight promising community-led initiatives that have been successful at supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children to thrive, and stopping children from being removed into state care.
Come along to engage around promising community-led initiatives and what you can do through the Family Matters campaign to take action to see all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and cared for in community and culture.
CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation; Co-Chair, the Family Matters campaign
Speaking on community-led initiatives that have been successful at redressing intergenerational trauma, a pre-requisite for many of our families to be adequately supported to care for their children.
CEO, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak; Co-Chair, the Family Matters campaign
Speaking on how Family Matters Queensland has managed to successfully lobby the Queensland Government to: adopt a generational strategy – Our Way – to eliminate over-representation and some of its first key initiatives, including the First Nations Child and Family Board, Aboriginal family-led decision-making and embedding all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) in legislation.
Director of Aboriginal Services, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Speaking on ways in which families are taking back control over the care and safety of children through the Family Court system and initiatives to increase the cultural safety of courts.
Chairperson, Victorian Aboriginal Children and Young People’s Alliance; CEO, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative
Speaking on Mutjang Bupuwingarrak Mukman (Section 18 CYF Act), a promising program led by an Aboriginal organisation who provides holistic support to vulnerable children and families.