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You're invited to sit with us and not only see but hear from those directly impacted.

Grandmothers against Forced Removals are calling on the child protection system to stop stealing Aboriginal children from their families. There are examples in the film that demonstrate the deep flaws [and horrific impact] of the child protection system, with unjust and uncalled for child removals driven by racism and discrimination.

GMAR advocate for a change of policy that would see children placed with extended Aboriginal family, more support for Aboriginal families through intervention and more investment in Aboriginal communities that allow for Aboriginal people to ensure they are making their own decisions without governmental control and racial regimes.

Special guest such as Grandmothers of Forced Removals (GMAR) founder Aunty Hazel Collins and daughter Helen Ryan will be present during this screening to provide insight and truth to UNSW and its surrounding communities.

Produced by Michaela Persket After the Apology shocks many people to learn that the number of Aboriginal children being removed today by welfare agencies is much higher than during the time of the Stolen Generations. After the Apology is a landmark documentary exploring the continued practice of child removal and the community response. Grandmothers Against Removal are fighting back and bringing the children home.

Directed by Larissa Behrendt who is the Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Behrendt has been involved in several pro bono test cases involving adverse treatment of Aboriginal peoples in the criminal justice system, including appearing as junior counsel in the NSW Supreme Court case of Campbell v Director of Public Prosecutions [2008]. [Larissa has worked inside the NSW prison system between 2003 and 2012 in her role as Alternative Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Council. She has also held judicial positions on the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (Equal Opportunity Division) and as a Land Commissioner on the Land and Environment Court. Larissa through her academic world and activism world stands strongly with First Nations people.

Judge Matthew Myers- Matthew is a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. Judge Myers is well known for publicly speaking out against family violence, speaking on the topic of the removal of Aboriginal Children into Foster Care, his work with Reconciliation Australia and for being instrumental in the Federal Circuit Court being the first Federal Court in Australia to enter into a Reconciliation Action Plan.

Dr Jacoba Brasch- Jacoba was admitted to the Bar in 2000 and has developed a practice in family law, mental health law, and customs and excise. She has appeared in matters in most States and Territories of Australia and often appears in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Jacoba has also appeared a number of times in the High Court of Australia with those appearances concerning customs and excise, as well as Family Law matters and the Hague Convention (child abduction). Jacoba took silk in 2014 and since her early stages of life has had a thriving fight for social justice and equity. Jacoba advocates for the restoration of families and children and represents truth to many.

Elizabeth Jarret - Lizzy is a sovereign Warrior woman from the Gumbaynggir, Bundjalung, and Dunghutti clans and is a direct descendant of the original stolen generations. She now makes it her life duty to help advocate for her peoples rights through activism, poetry, art, music and volunteering to community. She is member of the GMAR – Sydney group. Her advocacy stems from resistance and resilience, which can be seen through, her frontline fighting of going against the terrorism committed against Indigenous Australia.

Padraic Gibson- Senior researcher at the Jumbunna Institute, UTS. His research is focussed on the Northern Territory intervention and contemporary removal of Aboriginal Children by child protection agencies. Padraic worked on the production of ‘After the apology’ and is active is protest movements for Aboriginal Rights.

Clayton Simpson- Clayton is a young Aboriginal advocate, born and bred in Walgett NSW belonging to many Yuwaalaraay and Gamillarayy family groups throughout NSW. Clayton has been part of launching youth led organisations such as Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Democracy in colour. Clayton’s staunch advocacy skills has given him the opportunity to take part in many movements, particurly the 2014 Brisbane G20. Following this in 2017 Clayton took part in the ‘Ayres Rock Resort National Constitutional convention’. Clayton puts truth and grassroots connection firsts. He stands in solidarity with First Nations people internationally and domestically and is up for a yarn with anybody open to active discussions around the many injustices that exist. Clayton shows leadership to many and has time for those who represent truth and represent. Clayton believes “Young people are our leaders of today, not tomorrow’.

Elizabeth Wymarra - Elizabeth Wymarra was born on her great grandmothers country Waiben, the Aboriginal country of the Kaureag people. Elizabeth is a Gudang/Yadhaykenu woman from NPA Cape York a descendent from her fathers country and a Wakiath woman from Badu in Western Torres Straits Tupmul (Stingray) through her mother’s country. Elizabeth is active in Social Justice and the Human Rights movement. Elizabeth works alongside domestic violence campaigns empowering women together and supports all youth in need of strength and support. Elizabeth is a powerful woman leading social change for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people. Whilst Elizabeth strives for justice and human rights she is well recognised for an author, actress, write, director and procuder for the Biggest Port (2010), Black Comedy (2014) and Woollo (2012). Elizabeth is well respected in both the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous community.

Please arrive at 5.15 for a smoking Healing to commence by 5.30.

Disclosure: This film contains highly intense lived experiences of individuals and groups and may cause distress and emotional discomfort to some. If at anytime one is uncomfortable it is encouraged you speak to someone in seeking support.

The following hotlines can be contacted in seeking support,

UNSW Students CAPS service-

Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building (grid reference E17, PDF, 1MB)

Open hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Email: counselling@unsw.edu.au

Phone: + 61 2 9385 5418

Fax: +61 (2) 9385 6115

Life Line - Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Beyond Blue - The beyond blue Support Service provides advice and support via telephone 24/7 (just call 1300 22 4636), daily web chat (between 3pm–12am) and email (with a response provided within 24 hours).

Relationship Australia – Post trauma counselling – Free counselling services to Indigenous people, and support for communities across Australia. To be connected to the nearest Relationships Australia to you call 1300 364 277 (for the cost of a local call).

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