The New Stolen Generation
When the ground-breaking Bringing Them Home report into stolen generations was released in 1997, people were shocked to learn Indigenous children represented 20% of all children living in out of home care.
Twenty years on, Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at even more alarming and epidemic rates. Today, a staggering 35% of all children living in out-of-home care are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. If no further action is taken, the number of Indigenous children in out of home care is likely to triple by 2035. This is a major crisis requiring urgent redress.
UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research
Jumbunna are committed to practical innovation and to the development of transformative research driven by the needs of Indigenous communities. Jumbunna aims to produce the highest quality research on Indigenous legal and policy issues and to develop highly skilled Indigenous researchers.
Jumbunna’s research practice prioritises amplifying the voices of the people and communities directly impacted by government policy. Jumbunna's work aims to assist communities to meet the challenges of discrimination and disadvantage, while celebrating Indigenous cultures and Indigenous excellence.
After the Apology - A Background
Over the past five years, the Jumbunna Institute has conducted groundbreaking advocacy and research into the escalating crisis surrounding forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families. It’s been found that more children are currently being taken away than at any time in Australian history and the numbers have more than doubled since Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008.
Jumbunna’s research informed the production of a major documentary film After the Apology, written and directed by Jumbunna Research Director Dist. Prof. Larissa Behrendt. Produced by Purskey Productions, After the Apology was released in November 2017 to critical acclaim. This film is intended as a catalyst for conversation and change, bringing the truth about the continuing, large scale forced removal of Aboriginal children to the broader Australian public and providing inspiration for affected communities struggling for change.
To continue work around Aboriginal child removal, roll out community screenings, and hold workshops allowing community to self organise throughout the country, Jumbunna needs vital funds.
After the Apology - The Campaign
Jumbunna proposes the solution to this major crisis is more responsibility over decision making in child protection being given to the Aboriginal community and a greater support network for families. An approach of self-determination is required, a key recommendation of the Bringing Them Home report.
To address the issues raised in the film After the Apology Jumbunna have developed an Impact Campaign to bring about a greater social awareness of the issues and in doing so achieve a significant reduction in the rate of Indigenous children being removed from their families and change practices towards increasing Indigenous self-determination in child placements.
Using the film as a central tool for advocacy, Jumbunna is asking for your donations and your support to allow it to continue with the Impact Campaign.
After the Apology - Watch the Film
If you have not yet seen the film, we will be co-hosting a screening with UTS Jumbunna Institute on 15 November at the Palace Central. To register for the screening please go to http://go.merchantpricing.com/apologyscreening.
How you can help
- $50 could cover the cost of transport for Elders or affected families to attend screenings.
- $100 could cover the cost of materials to help a community to self-organise and run their own screening.
- $200 could cover the cost of venue hire and associated equipment so we can host more screenings around the country.
- $500 could cover travel costs for researchers and community leaders to share skills about how best to advocate for family restoration in child protection cases.
- $1,000 could help Jumbunna Institute's legal clinic continue important work assisting with cases of wrongful removal of children.
- $5000 could cover basic costs of parliamentary screenings to take the film's message to key decision makers in states across the country.
Donations are tax deductible and UTS will cover all transaction costs so that 100% of your gift will go towards the campaign.
Please donate to the crowd funding campaign to show your support.
Together We Can Make a Difference
Our combined contributions have the potential to have significant impact:
- $20,000 will allow the Jumbunna team to immediately visit affected communities like Perth and Broome who have requested support for larger screenings to showcase their growing number of stories and share strategies to keep families together. This would also allow Jumbunna to respond to urgent calls by community leaders in Darwin asking for a parliamentary screening to put pressure on the NT Government to stop rapid expansion of Aboriginal child removal and invest instead in community based support programs.
- $50,000 would enable Jumbunna to supplement community and parliamentary screenings with advocacy skills workshops to empower affected communities. Jumbunna Research's work aims to share skills and resources developed over a number of years working on child removal cases with local advocates and service providers, to build support networks available to Aboriginal families. This would also allow us to establish a fund for communities to apply to and organise their own screenings with a small budget to cover costs like venue hire, catering, transport for Elders and other key stakeholders, promotional material and a screening license.
- $138,000 the campaign target, would allow well organised parliamentary screenings in every jurisdiction in Australia and bring the campaign's message to many key political decision makers and Department heads. To support workshops and local efforts, it could also help fund engagement of local media to encourage debate necessary for policy change, and keep the issue front of mind. This funding goal also means Jumbunna legal clinic could take an extra step in the advocacy campaign by considering potential civil actions against relevant authorities in a number of cases of destructive, wrongful removal of children from families.
How Merchant Pricing Hub and Payments Consulting Network are supporting Jumbunna
To support the initiative, Merchant Pricing Hub and Payments Consulting Network have donated $5,000 to the Jumbunna crowd funding campaign. We are also creating awareness of the cause and the campaign through communications to our social media followers and newsletter subscribers as well as sponsorship of marketing campaigns to the wider community.
The campaign hopes to raise $138,000 to be able to continue this important work in 2019. The amount of funds raised will help determine what we can be achieved, so together with our community partner, Matchboard, we've committed to raise $25,000 from our combined networks.
Join us in supporting After the Apology by raising much needed funds to help create policy change and a more positive way forward for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Please click here to donate and support the campaign - dig deep and help us get there with whatever you can afford.