Former Family and Community Services (FACS) caseworker and delegate to the FACS NSW Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) has joined national protests on Sorry Day to condemn, what many are calling, “the ongoing Stolen Generation”. Click here to read more.
video by Mariano Melega, music by Ben Walsh
National Statement marking National Sorry Day – 26 May, 2014
Say NO to Continuing Stolen Generations; Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare; Returning children must be the priority; No forced adoptions; Support and services to prevent removals.
We, as Aboriginal Grandparents and parents, have called protests across the country on May 26 demanding the return of our children who have been forcibly removed by child welfare agencies. Click here to read more.
This is an interview with Aunty Karen Fusi and Ian Curr from the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group about stopping the ongoing Stolen Generations. It supports the call for a national group to organise a National Day of Action on Sorry Day to demand that DOCS return the children. The interview begins at 12:30:00.
In the tape an Aboriginal mother pleads through sobs for the chance to breastfeed her baby over the weekend. “We’ll see what we can do,” a caseworker tells her. The mother’s appeals give way to plaintive weeping as the officers’ voices grow distant. The baby’s cries grow distant, too, as the child is taken with them. The recording, made
secretly on a phone one recent Friday in a rural New South Wales home, makes plain what former prime minister Kevin Rudd said on the separation of children from their parents: “The sheer brutality of the act of physically separating a mother from her children is a deep assault on our senses and on our most elemental humanity.” Click here to read more.
(Photograph by Kim Ramsay)
Prominent Aboriginal artist, Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill, has launched an installation in Redfern to support a National Day of Action (NDA) on Sorry Day calling for a stop to the unprecedented number of Aboriginal children being forcibly removed from their families. Click here to read more.
Click here to listen to Aunty Hazel’s call to action for May 26
(radio and media outlets are permitted to use this audio)
On 10 May, Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill installed an artwork named ‘Whats up DOCS?’ in Redfern to support the demands of the National Day of Action against the ongoing Stolen Generations on May 26. Please find photographs and artist statement below. Blak Douglas also designed the poster for the NDA, also below!
Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill working on What’s up DOCS? Mixed media, 2014. In conjunction with Baru Art, Social Laneway espresso, Redfern. Photo by Claire Bornhoffen.
What’s up DOCS?, by Blak Douglas, aka Adam Hill, mixed media, 2014. Social lane way espresso in conjunction with Baru Art and Social Laneway espresso, Redfern. Photo by Claire Bornhoffen.
Photo by Blak Douglas.
Poster by Blak Douglas for National Day of Action.
Artist statement and biography.
Paddy Gibson a researcher with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning chats with Paul Wiles about National Sorry Day and the growing number of child removals in NSW. See link below.
Source: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association http://caama.com.au/is-australia-creating-another-stolen-generation
By Geoff Bagnall
Photograph by Barbara McGrady
A rally in Tamworth has once more demanded the New South Wales government stop creating a new Stolen Generation. In 2008 then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd made his Apology to the Stolen Generations for the long policy of forced removals under a welfare system whose effects, removal of culture, removal of language are now covered by the United Nations Genocide Convention. Click here to read more.