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      Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?:
      Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney


      Newsletter date: 5 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/04/wgar-news-do-forced-adoptions-mean-forced-assimilation-stop-the-intervention-collective-s

      Contents:

      * STICS: Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?
      * SBS Living Black: Adopting Out Children in the NT [Interview with SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten]
      * SBS Living Black: Adopting Children In the NT - Listen to the Elders [Interview with Graham Mundine, ACM]
      * NITV: Indigenous kids need Indigenous carers: Expert
      * CAAMA: Children's Commissioner calls on Government to commit to future of Territory
      * NIRS: NT Government looking at child protection changes
      * Northern Territory (NT) Forced Aboriginal Adoption Media Coverage
      * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
      * Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws

      * SNAICC's Fifth National Conference: For Our Children - Living and Learning Together (4 to 6 June 13)
      * SNAICC News: Programs for vulnerable children and families must consider impacts of trauma
      * SNAICC News: Child protection issues a major focus at SNAICC National Conference (4 to 6 June 13)
      * SNAICC News: Visiting United Nations official Ms Marta Mauras Perez, calls for urgent attention
      * SNAICC News: Funding of early childhood education and care services a critical issue at SNAICC Conference (4 to 6 June 13)
      * ABC Newcastle: Helping Aboriginal survivors of child abuse and trauma

      * Red Tape: PSA against apartheid of income management

      * SBS Radionews: Opposition puts Land Councils on notice

      * Other articles


      * STICS:
      DO FORCED ADOPTIONS MEAN FORCED ASSIMILATION?



      - Media Release

      Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS):
      Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?

      http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/do-forced-adoptions-mean-forced-assimilation-4-6-13
      4 Jun 13: "The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
      (STICS) has joined Northern Territory Aboriginal leaders
      and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry denouncing insensitive
      comments made by the Chief Minister Adam Giles that his
      government will "remove neglected Aboriginal children from
      their parents and place them in adoptive homes if
      necessary".  ...
      Mr Giles' comments appear to confirm STICS' long held
      belief that the 2007 Intervention, which was to care for
      and protect Aboriginal children has been a failure. ...
      in today's Australia, Indigenous children are being placed
      in out-of-home care at ten times the rate of the
      non-Indigenous children and young persons. ...
      STICS calls on the NT government to respond to and address
      the entrenched social and economic factors that contribute
      to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander children in the statutory child protection system;
      and also establish Aboriginal specific intensive family
      support services ...
      This is a much more suitable alternative to removing
      children from their families, culture, community and
      country and almost guaranteeing the creation of another
      "Stolen Generation"."


      - Campaign

      Keeping Them Home Campaign
      'concerned Australians': http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
      Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
      Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS): [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/


      * SBS LIVING BLACK:
      ADOPTING OUT CHILDREN IN THE NT



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Living Black: Adopting Out Children in the NT
      By Michelle Lovegrove
      http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/269600/t/Adopting-Out-Children-in-the-NT/in/english
      29 May 13: "Is is the best solution for the protection of
      children? ... In the Northern Territory - Chief Minister
      Adam Giles recent comments on adopting out neglected
      Aboriginal children have continued to receive strong
      responses, from organisations around the country. One of
      them is the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Island
      Child Care - which says the comments echo paternalistic
      attitudes of bygone times. SNAICC says that the NT
      Government is proposing an ill-conceived 'solution' that
      runs counter to accepted practices of what's needed to
      best enable children to grow up safe and cared for.
      Michelle Lovegrove is speaking with with SNAICC CEO
      Frank Hytten."


      * SBS LIVING BLACK:
      ADOPTING CHILDREN IN THE NT
      - LISTEN TO THE ELDERS



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Living Black:
      Adopting Children In the NT - Listen to the Elders

      By Michelle Lovegrove
      http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/269606/t/Adopting-Children-In-the-NT---Listen-to-the-Elders/in/english
      29 May 13: "The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry says solutions
      lie with genuine conversations. ... Meantime a leading
      Catholic advocate organisation has urged the Northern
      Territory Government to sit down with community leaders -
      to find a real solution to the care and growth of First
      Nations children. The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry has
      come out strongly in support of Yolnu elder Dr Djiniyini
      Gondarra - who has demanded the government restore the
      family support services and funding it has removed since
      the Northern Territory intervention began in 2007. The
      Executive Officer of the Aborginal Catholic Ministry,
      Graham Mundine says he has serious issues with what seems
      to be, a government taking the cheap and easy way out."


      * NITV:
      INDIGENOUS KIDS NEED INDIGENOUS CARERS: EXPERT



      - Video

      SBS World News:
      Indigenous kids need Indigenous carers: Expert

      Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1769658/Indigenous-kids-need-Indigenous-carers-Expert
      22 May 13: "A Canadian expert specialising in youth
      violence says the government must increase the number of
      Indigenous families that care for Aborignal and Torres
      Strait Islander foster children. Raymond Corrado, from
      Canada's Simon Fraser University, spoke at the National
      Institute of Crimonology's Australian Youth Justice
      Conference (tue), about ways to reduce the rate of repeat
      offending by young adults. Indigenous children make up a
      third of all children in out of home care in Australia.
      Mr Corrado told NITV that placing these children with
      non-Indigenous families makes them more likely to be
      in trouble with the law later on in life."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-22-05.mp3
      22 May 13: "* Top End Yolngu Elder Djiniyini Gondarram says Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory are being taken away at numbers not seen since the stolen generations and there is an urgent need for more family support programs in communities.
      * The launch of a major exhibition in Canberra will serve
      as a strong reminder to both Government and the wider non
      indigenous community of the trauma and struggles that
      Aboriginal and islander peoples have endured in the last
      100 years."


      - Related News

      Australian: Child removal rate rise slammed
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/child-removal-rate-rise-slammed/story-fn9hm1pm-1226655479458
      3 Jun 13: "NSW Community Services Minister Pru Goward has
      blamed a "punitive" and "risk-averse" culture in
      child-protection departments for the spiralling rate of
      Aboriginal children in the out-of-home care system that
      dwarfs the numbers in other parts of the country. More than
      8 per cent of Aboriginal children in NSW have been removed
      from their families, a situation the peak body for
      indigenous childcare services is now openly comparing to
      another Stolen Generations." Natasha Robinson


      Australian: Keep care for kids 'within family'
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/keep-care-for-kids-within-family/story-fn9hm1pm-1226650943346
      27 May 13: "THE Australian Centre for Child Protection is
      calling for more funding to support Aboriginal communities
      look after neglected children, rather than taking them from
      their family and culture. Centre director Fiona Arney said
      yesterday the federal government had wasted millions of
      dollars on ineffective measures to remove children from
      indigenous families and take them to regional centres or
      cities when it could have considered support networks such
      as extended families." Verity Edwards


      * CAAMA:
      CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER CALLS ON GOVERNMENT
      TO COMMIT TO FUTURE OF TERRITORY



      - Audio Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Children’s Commissioner calls on Government
      to commit to future of Territory

      http://caama.com.au/46121
      31 May 13: "The Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner
      has urged the Giles CLP Government to consider the
      potential long term impacts of failing to provide services
      to children who are at risk and their families. Dr Howard
      Bath recently co hosted seminars in both Darwin and Alice
      Springs which discussed issues affecting child safety and
      well being across the Territory. Dr Bath told  CAAMA Radio
      that for kids to have a successful life, attend school and
      have positive relationships which will allow them to
      contribute to society...someone has to pay !"


      * NIRS:
      NT GOVERNMENT LOOKING AT CHILD PROTECTION CHANGES



      - Audio

      NIRS: NT Government looking at child protection changes
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29324/NT-Government-looking-at-child-protection-changes.html
      28 May 13: "By NIRS/ABC: The Northern Territory Child
      Protection Minister, Alison Anderson, says the Government
      wants to make changes to better care for children who go
      from foster home to foster home. Ms. Anderson says she’s
      has been travelling to communities to recruit more
      Aboriginal carers. ... Ms. Anderson says the Government is
      considering changes to long term child protection orders,
      but isn’t considering forced adoption."


      * NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION
      MEDIA COVERAGE



      - Campaign

      Keeping Them Home Campaign
      'concerned Australians': http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
      Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
      STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney): [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/


      - Compilations

      Respect and Listen: Keeping Them Home: Media Coverage
      [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/

      WGAR News: Keeping Them Home - Stop the forced removal of
      Aboriginal children from their families
      (Sorry Day - 26 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/26/wgar-news-keeping-them-home-stop-the-forced-removal-of-aboriginal-children-from-their-fam

      WGAR News: Keeping them Home
      - What have we learnt from Bringing them Home?: ACM Sydney
      (23 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/22/wgar-news-keeping-them-home-what-have-we-learnt-from-bringing-them-home-acm-sydney

      WGAR News: Indigenous adoption push prompts Stolen Generation fears:
      ABC Radio Australia Video
      (18 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/17/wgar-news-indigenous-adoption-push-prompts-stolen-generation-fears-abc-radio-australia-vi


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

      Last updated: 23 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention


      * BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

      Last updated: 23 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws


      * SNAICC'S FIFTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE:
      FOR OUR CHILDREN - LIVING AND LEARNING TOGETHER
      (4 TO 6 JUNE 13)



      - Current Event

      Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
      SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      For Our Children: Living and Learning Together

      Organised by SNAICC:
      Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
      Keynote Speakers:
      * Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
      * Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
      * Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) - of Maori descent
      * Prof. Judy Atkinson - a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
      * Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) - a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman
      living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
      "The SNAICC National Conference is the largest
      conference of its type in the southern hemisphere
      and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers,
      researchers, government representatives, other
      non-government organisations and industry
      representatives to gather and make renewed
      commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander children."
      Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
      Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67
      Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=965
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1088
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1087
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1053
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1044
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1032
      NIRS News: http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29184/Peak-child-care-group-to-hold-fifth-conference.html


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
      MUST CONSIDER IMPACTS OF TRAUMA



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 3 June 2013
      - Programs for vulnerable children and families
      must consider impacts of trauma

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1092
      3 Jun 13: "Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson will tell a
      major children’s conference this week that government
      programs and services for distressed children and parents
      must consider the impacts of trauma or they will continue
      to fail.
      Professor Atkinson, a Jiman and Bundjalung woman and an
      expert on trauma and healing, will run a workshop and give
      a keynote speech at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference in
      Cairns from 4 to 6 June. ...
      "Government policies influence service development and
      delivery. If governments fail to understand the critical
      need for a trauma-informed approach to distressed children
      and their families services will fail. ...
      "I work from a healing model which is trauma informed,
      embodied within the belief I have, that 'educaring' is the
      most important response to the needs of Indigenous
      children," she [Professor Atkinson] said.
      "The use of cultural tools for healing, in art music
      theatre dance and story, all provide a nurturing space for
      children to grow and reach their full potential.
      "The emphasis we have on the three 'Rs' should be balanced
      by the seven 'Rs': respect, rights, responsibility,
      relatedness, reciprocity, resilience-resonance, which
      support the growth of creative caring human beings.""


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES A MAJOR FOCUS AT SNAICC NATIONAL CONFERENCE



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 30 May 2013
      - Child protection issues a major focus at SNAICC National Conference

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1088
      30 May 13: "How do we reduce the dramatically high and
      increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      children in out-home-home care in Australia?
      And how do we ensure that the right of Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander children in out-home-care to remain
      connected to their family, their community and their
      culture is respected?
      The complex issues around these questions will be a major
      focus of discussions at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      in Cairns from 4 to 6 June.
      According to the latest figures, more than one third of the
      39,600 children in out-of-home care are Aboriginal and-or
      Torres Strait Islander - although they comprise only 4.6
      per cent of the national child population - and they are
      eight times more likely to be the subject of substantiated
      child abuse and neglect.
      "It is a totally unacceptable situation - far too many of
      our children are being separated from their family at a
      great human cost to those children and families," SNAICC
      Chairperson Sharron Williams said.
      "Clearly we need to find different solutions. There must
      be a greater focus on early intervention and prevention,
      and on boosting healing and family support services.
      "We need to remove the harm and not the children.""


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      VISITING UNITED NATIONS OFFICIAL MS MARTA MAURAS PEREZ,
      CALLS FOR URGENT ATTENTION



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 31 May 2013
      - Visiting United Nations official Ms Marta Mauras Perez,
      calls for urgent attention

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1089
      31 May 13: "The recently retired Vice President of the UN
      Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ms Marta Mauras
      Perez, has called on the Australian Government to urgently
      improve its efforts to redress persistent discrimination
      against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
      Ms Mauras Perez, who is visiting Australia next week and
      speaking on behalf of the UN committee, said this
      discrimination was particularly evident in Indigenous
      children’s lack of access to basic services, and their
      very high numbers in the juvenile justice system and
      out-of-home care.
      “Collective effort is needed to ensure that all children
      have the same opportunities for a healthy and fulfilling
      life. Evidence before the Committee in mid 2012 showed
      that this is still not the case for Australia’s Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander children,” Ms Mauras Perez
      said. ... "


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      FUNDING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES
      A CRITICAL ISSUE AT SNAICC CONFERENCE



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 27 May 2013
      - Funding of early childhood education and care services
      a critical issue at SNAICC Conference

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1087
      29 May 13: "The long-term funding and sustainability of
      vital Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander integrated
      early childhood and family support services will be a major
      issue for discussion at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      in Cairns from 4 to 6 June.
      SNAICC Deputy Chairperson (Early Childhood), Geraldine
      Atkinson, said the uncertainty about the future of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services was reaching
      a crisis point.
      "Our services are central in efforts to give our children a
      strong start and to close the gap on intergenerational
      disadvantage," Ms Atkinson said.
      "However, despite their proven worth, Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander early childhood and family support services
      have been underfunded for years and face an uncertain
      long-term future."
      The Australian Government is currently reviewing the Budget
      Based Funding Program, which funds 269 Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander early childhood services nationally, ...
      "These centres have been providing culturally strong,
      strengths based services to our communities most in need
      for decades. Many of the services will be featured at the
      conference for the amazing work they do for our children,"
      Ms Atkinson said."


      * ABC NEWCASTLE:
      HELPING ABORIGINAL SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE AND TRAUMA



      - News

      ABC Newcastle:
      Helping Aboriginal survivors of child abuse and trauma

      http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/28/3769039.htm?site=newcastle
      28 May 13: "Denise Kelly is a Wiradjuri woman who has been
      working with Liz Mullinar's Heal For Life Foundation since
      2005. Denise is now translating her experience in
      culturally appropriate education to helping support
      Aboriginal people who are survivors of child trauma and
      abuse." By Carol Duncan (ABC Newcastle)


      * RED TAPE:
      PSA AGAINST APARTHEID OF INCOME MANAGEMENT



      - News

      Red Tape: PSA against apartheid of income management
      http://psa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RedTapeAprMay13WEB.pdf
      April/May 2013: "Since July 2012, PSA members in Community
      Services have had blanket work bans in place on the
      implementation of income management (IM) which was expanded
      to include the Bankstown LGA." page 6


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      OPPOSITION PUTS LAND COUNCILS ON NOTICE



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Opposition puts Land Councils on notice
      By Ron Sutton
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/270362/Opposition-puts-Land-Councils-on-notice
      3 Jun 13: "The federal opposition says it intends to take
      away some of the powers of two major Aboriginal Land
      Councils in the Northern Territory, if elected. The
      Northern and Central Land Councils cover about half of the
      Territory. Opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman Nigel
      Scullion recently addressed the Northern Land Council at a
      meeting in Timber Creek, south of Darwin. He says many
      people expressed a desire to have the two councils broken
      up because they don't feel they represent them well.
      However, Senator Scullion told Ron Sutton stripping back
      some of the Councils' powers could be the better solution."


      * OTHER ARTICLES:


      - Media Releases

      Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA):
      Sorry Day 2013
      - Acknowledging and respecting our Stolen Generations

      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=268:sorry-day-2013-acknowledging-and-respecting-our-stolen-generations&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
      26 May 13: "The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA)
      urged fair minded Australians to learn about the wrongs of
      the past and acknowledge our Stolen Generations for their
      strength and resilience.
      ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington said the forced removal of
      children had created a tragic inter-generational legacy for
      many Aboriginal people, the effects of which are still
      evident today.
      "Many of the clients accessing ALSWA’s services have been
      personally affected through removal policies of the past,
      and I have no doubt that this continues to contribute to
      the spiralling over-representation of Aboriginal people
      within the court and prisons systems" said Mr. Eggington.
      He said that Sorry Day, held annually on 26th May, played
      an important role in maintaining a focus upon our Stolen
      Generations, their heartache, courage and resilience. ... "

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert & Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt:
      Greens mark Sorry Day and join the Journey to Recognition

      Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-mark-sorry-day-and-join-journey-recognition
      Adam Bandt: http://adam-bandt.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-mark-sorry-day-and-join-journey-recognition
      26 May 13: "The Australian Greens say this year's National
      Sorry Day provides Australians with the opportunity to both
      reflect on the past and look forward to important new
      campaigns to deliver on the spirit and intent of the
      National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
      Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and Greens
      Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, MP for Melbourne are
      commemorating Sorry Day in Melbourne today.
      "The launch of the Journey to Recognition is very exciting
      and signals the start of what is being described as an
      'epic relay' across Australian as part of building
      momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples in our Constitution," Senator Rachel
      Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today. ...
      "The Greens have worked hard in the current Parliament to
      progress the issue of constitutional recognition,"
      Mr Bandt said today. ... "


      - Audio

      The Wire: 'Sorry' doesn't go far enough
      Produced by Ellen Leabeater
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10404
      27 May 13: "It's been 15 years since the first Sorry Day, a
      day of remembrance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people who were forcibly removed from their
      families. Today also marks the beginning of National
      Reconciliation Week. This year’s Sorry Day commemorated the
      5th anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology speech, which both
      apologized to the Stolen Generation and promised to reduce
      the inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
      people. However, many have argued that not enough has been
      done in the past five years to honor the promises made in
      2008.
      Featured in story:
      * Margaret Gonais- Chairperson Bankstown
      Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee
      * Caroline Carter- Deputy Chairperson Bankstown
      Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee
      * Katrina Gonais- Young Person"

      The Wire: Sorry Day Celebrations
      Produced by Matthew Newton
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10399
      24 May 13: "National Sorry Day will be observed this Sunday
      26th May. For many Australians, the day is as much a
      remembrance of past wrongs as it is a celebration of the
      future. Sorry Day also marks the start of Reconciliation
      Week and The Wire found out how different people across the
      country will be marking these important events. This Sunday
      the 26th May marks National Sorry Day, a commemoration for
      the victims of the Stolen Generation. The 26th May holds
      special significance for Australia's indigenous population.
      It was the day that the landmark 'Bringing them home'
      report was tabled before Parliament back in 1997. ...
      Featured in story:
      Charles Passi - Chair of
      Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
      Julie Tongs - Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service"

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-23-05-updated.mp3
      23 May 13: "The boss of South Australia’s peak Aboriginal
      Social Welfare Organisation has told a forum in Alice
      Springs that ongoing trauma suffered by several generations
      of her people continues to impact on families and children.

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