Gunnedah grandmothers fight against the removal of Indigenous kids
The group Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) was formed in January 2014 in an effort to highlight the process of removal used by the New South Wales Department of Children’s Services.
With more than 6,000 Aboriginal children currently in out-of-home care in New South Wales, the Grandmothers Against Removals refuse to remain silent.
They say it’s time to be a voice for other families and children who feel unable to speak against the system being accused of creating a new stolen generation.
“Our children, they have silent voices,” said Gunnedah grandmother Aunty Hazel. “We as their grandparents, as their families, we need to be their voices for our little babies. We want our babies home, this cannot be continued.”
Eight years ago, former prime minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations for past Australian policies of forced removal.
But today that apology held little meaning to the grandmothers.
“Sorry they still doing it, they still taking our children so I think saying sorry is gammon,” said Karen Fusi from Brisbane Sovereign Embassy.
The grandmothers and the NSW Greens are placing a direct challenge to the New South Wales Government, saying its removal policies are not working.