Grandmothers Against Removals
Stop Stolen Generations
Sorry Means You Don't Do It Again
Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) is a grassroots group led by Aboriginal grandmothers. GMAR has been fighting the ongoing Stolen Generations all around Australia since 2014.
Apology 12th Anniversary Rally - Stop Stolen Generations
12pm, Thursday 13 February at Hyde Park Fountain, marching to NSW Parliament
No to adoption!
Black babies belong with black families!
Kids in culture, not in care!
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It’s 12 years since the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and nothing’s changed. In fact, they are still taking Aboriginal kids at higher rates than the Stolen Generations.
Just last year, the review of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in NSW found that the system is a complete failure. It destroys Aboriginal children and communities even though it claims to be acting in their best interests to deflect criticism.
The day after the report was released, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ, formerly Family and Community Services) even shut down the Mount Druitt Aboriginal Unit with no consultation, even though the review found that ount Druitt and surrounding areas of Western Sydney had the highest number of Aboriginal families involved in child protection in NSW.
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Media Release – Monday 16 December 2019
Whistleblower: Child Protection Shuts Down Mount Druitt Aboriginal Unit Day After Review Found Department Failing Aboriginal Children
Grandmothers Against Removals leads community protest
12pm, Monday 16 December at Hyde Park Fountain, marching to NSW Parliament
A whistleblower from the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ, formerly Family and Community Services) has informed Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) that the Mount Druitt Aboriginal Unit was shut down by white Directors the day after the Family is Culture Review found that DCJ is failing Aboriginal children.
The whistleblower, an Aboriginal DCJ worker, has chosen to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal.
Family is Culture, an independent review chaired by Professor Megan Davis, examined the case files of 1,144 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who entered the NSW out-of-home care system between 2015 and 2016.
The review found a lack of transparency and and accountability, and endemic noncompliance with policy and legislation by DCJ workers. This was especially true regarding the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle, designed to keep Aboriginal children with their communities to ensure an end to the Stolen Generations.
The Review also found that Mount Druitt and surrounding areas of Western Sydney had the highest number of Aboriginal families involved in child protection in NSW. The Mount Druitt Aboriginal Unit worked to improve child protection practice in Western Sydney to change this.
Despite this, the unit was shut down by DCJ with no consultation with Aboriginal workers or community.
The Family is Culture review, and all other reviews before it, have shown that the Department is incapable of ending continuing Stolen Generations itself.
GMAR founder Aunty Hazel Collins said, “I want to address Scott Morrison and I want to ask the question: What is he going to do as Prime Minister in relation to the ongoing Stolen Generations?”
“Is he going to abolish forced adoption laws? Is he going to address the growing number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care?”
“Or is he going to be like previous governments that continue to practice genocide in Australia?”
Helen Eason: 0401 394 491 | Kristina Hollestelle: 0416 364 788
Visit to Aotearoa New Zealand, November 2019
GMAR founder Aunty Hazel Collins and her daughter Helen Eason were invited to be part of a forum in Aotearoa New Zealand in November. Held in Napier on the NZ's north island, the forum was a local initiative to make Napier a United Nations child friendly city, where community and government work together to uphold the rights of children, families and communities - with First Nations children being a central part of this.
GMAR had the opportunity to learn from the work being done in Napier, to see what can happen when the government and community work together toward the same goals of supporting and empoweirng communities, and to build international relationships for continual sharing and connection.
Article in the NZ Herald: 'It all sounds so familiar': Aboriginal campaigner stunned by stories of taken Māori children