Upcoming international Perth conference on racist theft of Aboriginal children

Stolen Generations

Australia’s national children’s commissioner has acknowledged that racism is an undeniable factor in removal of Indigenous children from their families. Megan Mitchell said she believes racism plays a part in the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. "We know that there's a level of racism in our community," Ms Mitchell said. "You've got a really high level of surveillance of Aboriginal communities.”


An alarming number of Indigenous children are being taken from their parents, causing Aboriginal people to call it a new stolen generation.


Paddy Gibson, a senior researcher at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), says the child protection system is, in effect, punishing Indigenous parents and families for their disadvantage.


"The government response to the very real social issues and social trauma that [are] out there in Aboriginal communities is a punitive one," he says. "Child removal is being funded as a solution to the social problems."


The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is calling for participation from 15 to 17 September in its 6th national conference, “For Our Children - Community Voices: Sharing Knowledge & Practice”.


The conference has become the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family issues conference in the southern hemisphere. It will feature local and international keynote speakers and more than 70 concurrent sessions, yarning circles and workshops.


Delegates and speakers will gather from around the country and some from overseas “to discuss our challenges and share our knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in our communities. As well as providing a powerful and inspiring learning experience for all attendees it will also provide opportunities to meet and experience some the richness and culture of our Aboriginal communities in the west."

Early Bird registration will open on 4 May.
Click here to register and for all the latest updates.  


In YouTube videos, activist Vanessa Culbong Olivia Nigro argues how the forced closure of Aboriginal communities across Western Australia will inevitably escalate “the number of children being stolen from Aboriginal families".

Vanessa Culbong, Perth reveals the pain of forced child removals (kidnapping)

Photos: Grandmothers Against Removals rally

Facebook: Stop Stolen Generations

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Removal of Aboriginal children and the continuing Stolen Generation (last updated: 16 April 2015)

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