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May 2017

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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May 2019

SNAICC Conversations: Family Matters

May 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SNAICC, Melbourne Polytechnic, Level 7, 20 Otter Street
Collingwood, Victoria 3066 Australia
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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…

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National Week of Action

May 20, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Family Matters is calling on all supporters to host an event during the National Week of Action to raise awareness of number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from family, and to share stories of the people and programs that are keeping children safe and connected to community and culture.

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November 2020

The Family Matters 2020 report launch

November 16, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

  Join us to launch the fifth annual Family Matters report. The Family Matters Report 2020 documents the national crisis of continuing and growing removals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, investigates the reasons for these removals, and highlights the solutions that will meet the Family Matters campaign’s purpose of ending the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection by 2040. Date: Monday 16 November 2020 Time: 3.30pm AEDT (3pm SA, 2.30pm Qld, 2pm NT, 12.30pm WA) Featuring: John…

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Improving engagement with First Nations families and children: a webinar panel discussion with reflections on the film In My Blood It Runs

November 18, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Presented by CentaCare and The Gold Coast Family Law Pathways Network Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020 Time: 2.30pm – 4pm AEDT (1.30pm – 3pm Qld, 11.30am – 1pm WA) Featuring: The Honourable Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians and for Families and Social Services Senator Pat Dodson, Senator for Western Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Richard Weston, CEO for SNAICC – National Voice for our Children Toni McPherson, PhD Researcher REGISTER

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Family Matters in conversation with the Aboriginal children’s commissioners

November 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Making child protection more accountable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families: Family Matters in conversation with the Aboriginal children’s commissioners Date: Thursday 19 November 2020 Time: 1pm – 2pm AEDT (Starts 12.30pm SA, 12pm Qld, 11.30am NT, 10am WA) Featuring: April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People South Australia Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Victoria Natalie Lewis, Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission Facilitated by Sue-Anne Hunter, Family Matters Chair REGISTER  

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