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Film Screening and Q&A

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR)

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) was started in 2014 by First Nations community members who are directly affected by forced child removals. They are a community group that works to stop the ongoing Stolen Generations.

Grandmothers Against Removals NSW co-developed the Guiding Principles for strengthening the participation of local Aboriginal community in child-protection decision-making (the Guiding Principles) with the New England FACS District Office and the NSW Ombudsman’s Office.

The Guiding Principals inform collaboration and cooperation between FACS offices across NSW and Aboriginal communities on child protection matters. In particular, they highlight the role of Local Advisory Groups (LAGs) through which local Aboriginal communities can participate in decision making regarding the care and protection of Aboriginal children.

Amongst other things, the LAGs provide a platform for Aboriginal communities to have input into child protection and out-of-home care service delivery and help to ensure compliance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principles.

The GMAR NSW partnership with FACS and other bodies continues to operationalise the principles across NSW through LAGs and the Guiding Principles Yarning Circle as the statewide advisory group responsible for supporting the promotion, governance and monitoring of the roll out of the Guiding Principles.

Grandmothers Against Removals Q&A Panel:

Kristina Hollestelle

Aunty Hazel Collins

Helen Eason

Aunty Jenny Munro

Aunty Christine Palmer

 

Speakers

Professor Steve Larkin
Welcome Address

Professor Steve Larkin is a Kungarakan man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. He is a Stolen Generations descendant and is currently Chief Executive Officer,…

Linda Burney MP
Keynote Speaker - Opening Address

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state…

June Oscar AO
Keynote Speaker - Closing Address

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate…

Professor Helen Milroy
Plenary 1 - Our Knowledge, Our Wisdom, Our Promise

Born and raised in Perth, Professor Helen Milroy is a proud descendant of the Palyku people of Western Australia. With her extensive experience in healthcare…

Aunty Lorraine Peeters
Plenary 1 - Stolen Generations Panel

Lorraine Peeters is a Gamilaroi/Wailwan woman and now living in Brisbane. She was forcibly removed as a child and has devoted many years of her…

Florence Onus
Plenary 1 - Stolen Generations Panel

Florence is a survivor of the Stolen Generations and a descendant of the Birri-Gubba and Kairi/Bidjara clans of Queensland. Florence was the inaugural Chairperson of…

Ian Hamm
Plenary 1 - Stolen Generation's Panel

A Yorta Yorta man, Ian has extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels. Ian has overseen major policy and strategic…

Tjalaminu Mia
Plenary 1 - Stolen Generation's Panel

Tjalaminu Mia is a Menang, Goreng, Wadjari woman; Noongar Nation, Great Southern Region Western Australia. Tjalaminu has worked for near on forty-five years across a…

Uncle Michael Welsh
Plenary 1 - Stolen Generation's Panel

Michael Welsh is a Wailwan man from Coonamble in New South Wales and a survivor of the Kinchela Boys Home. As a child, Michael was…

Gabriel Bani
Plenary 2 - Healing / Health

“Ngay Gabriel Bani, Athe Barin Koey ngep Ngay Wagadagam Koey Buway, Ngay Koedal, Ngay bibiril Kuki, Ngay Baydham Zugub.” I am a direct descendent of…

Professor Pat Dudgeon
Plenary 2 - Healing / Health

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological…

Dr Lynette Riley
Plenary 3 - Learning / Education / Employment

Lynette Riley a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; a Senior Lecturer, in the Sydney School of Education & Social Work, The University…

Dr. Lynore K. Geia, PhD, MPH&TM, BNS, RN, RM,
Plenary 3 Learning / Education / Employment

Dr Lynore Geia is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman born and raised on Palm Island off the coast of North Queensland, Australia, a…

Professor Juanita Sherwood
Plenary 4 - Lore / Law / Justice

Professor Juanita Sherwood is a highly respected champion of cultural change and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A proud Wiradjuri woman,…

Professor Jakelin Troy
Plenary 5 - Land / Language

Professor Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman from the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. She is the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Craig Ritchie
Plenary 5 - Land / Language

Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and…

Joe Williams
Plenary 6 - Our Future

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri, 1st Nations man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga, NSW, having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports…

Tonii Skeen
Plenary 6 - Our Future

Tonii Skeen is a descendant of the Yawuru Jabbir Jabbir, Bardi,Bunuba, Nyikina and Jaru people from across the Kimberley region. Tonii has a strong background…

Vinton Hawley
International Speaker - USA

Mr. Vinton Hawley is an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and is also of Hopi and Tewa descent. Mr. Hawley was seated…

Sheri Daniels
International Speaker - Hawai'i

Born, raised, and currently residing on Maui, Sheri-Ann Daniels, Ed.D., has over two decades of experience in social service programs and 15 years of supervisory…

Joe Gallagher
International Keynote - Canada

Joe Gallagher, Kwunuhmen, is Coast Salish from Tla’amin First Nation and serves as the CEO of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada. Joe…

Natasha Kemp – The young leaders of Te Agitu
International Keynote - Aotearoa

Tribal Affiliations: Nga Rauru, me nga Iwi O Mokai Patea ko Ngati Tamakopiri, ko Ngati Whitikaupeka, ko Ngai te Ohuake, ko Ngati Hauiti ratou ko…

Te Ao Tanaki – The young leaders of Te Agitu
International Keynote - Aotearoa

Tribal Affiliations: Te Aupouri, Ngati Wai, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti. Te Ao was born and bred in the colourful and vibrant community of Manurewa, South of Auckland….

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