The National Apology to the Stolen Generations

February 13th, 2021 marks the Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. 13 years on, the forced removal of children has not ended in this country – government agencies are still separating First Nations children from their families at a rate almost 10 times greater than the non-Indigenous population. Share these social media tiles to show support for First Nations families and educate your networks.

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Invasion Day 2021: how you can give back

January 26th is a day of mourning for many First Nations people. First Nations children, families and communities lived on these lands for millennia. Sovereignty was never ceded. Today, others enjoy these lands while First Nations people struggle for rights and justice. How can you give back? We have compiled a list of initiatives to support, films to watch and academic readings to further your knowledge and stand in solidarity with First Nations people.

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How We Can All Mark Indigenous Literacy Day

"Most children in the world go to school and learn in their own language. So why not our kids? Writing our own books in our languages is a small step in the long journey for autonomy and power over our lives." - Lorrayne Gorey, Senior Arrernte Educator.  Children's Ground recognises the right of every child to grow up in a world that values their language, stories, culture and identity, today and every day.

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Closing the Gap affirms Children's Ground's community-led approach

Children’s Ground welcomes the wider set of targets identified in the new Closing the Gap measures announced today. The involvement by First Nations people in these measures has been an important part of the process. We hope that what follows is a commitment with State and Federal investment in long-term, place-based and integrated approaches to create a better future for First Nations families.

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COVID-19 Community Resources

With the threat of a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Central Australia and the wider Northern Territory looming, Children’s Ground has been working with local First Nations communities to prepare for this crisis. The creation of information packs and health resources is just one aspect of this support, ensuring families are equipped with the information and communications tools to keep themselves safe. See here for a series of A3 posters we have created with Arrernte families. Please download, print and display in your homes or distribute to local families you are connected with.

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Utyerre Apanpe: First Nations Educators' Network

Utyerre Apanpe (First Nations Educators’ Network) is a new national network of First Cultural educators leading reform in education Led by Cultural Professors and senior educators from First Nations communities across the country, they are implementing a national strategy to improve the educational outcomes of First Nations children. 

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Justice for All

There is a brutality and a violence in the current system of justice for Aboriginal people that is so common in the Northern Territory that it is not ‘seen’. What is accepted behaviour would not be tolerated in suburbs in Melbourne and Sydney. This is the systemic culture underlying Northern Territory justice system that requires deep reform. The tragic death of Mr. Walker puts a harsh spotlight on the policing system in the Northern Territory.

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Human Rights Advocacy: Irrkerlantye

Children’s Ground has been supporting Felicity and her family, the Traditional Owners of Alice Springs to negotiate their rights with the NT Government over the past three years. Despite being Traditional Owners, recognised in both Arrernte and Western law, her family continues to live in tin sheds and have no water security.

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Djab Wurrung: Old Spirits, Laws and Wellbeing

The fight to protect the Djab Wurrung trees is a prime example of why we need a truth and justice process in Australia – to cease the damage that is caused by the need of First Nations people in Australia to engage in a daily fight for recognition and rights. To mature as a nation and understand and celebrate the culture, knowledge and history across our incredible country.

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2019 National Child Protection Week

The current state of First Nations children in welfare is a national crisis. First Nations children are nearly 10 times more likely to be on a care and protection order than Non-Aboriginal children. Children’s Ground is dedicated to reforming the system to prevent children entering care and  to stop the appalling over representation of First Nation’s children in welfare and incarceration. We want all children and their families to enjoy safety, dignity, cultural security and great life opportunities 

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Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe's First Cultural Camp

This term, Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe (Children’s Ground – Central Australia) held our first cultural camp in Central Australia on the country and birthplace of one of our directors, leaders and professors, MK Turner OAM. Arrernte children, young people, parents and Elders spent three days and nights on their country, visiting important cultural sites, picking bush medicine, hunting for bush foods and exchanging stories – all within an intergenerational learning environment.

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Anwerne Ingkerrekele Mpwareke: ‘By Us, For Us’

As First Nations people we have a lot of cultural wealth and knowledge, handed down to us over many thousands of years by our ancestors. This knowledge gives us our identity. We want our kids to grow up with books that reflect this culture – books that can help them learn to respect, speak, read and write their First Language – something that was denied to many of us and our elders in the past.

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