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Stop the NSW Government from removing another generation of Aboriginal children from their families

Cheree Toka
Sydney, Australia

Nov 22, 2018 — 

The NSW Government has rushed through legislation to make it easier for Aboriginal children to be permanently removed from their families through adoption or guardianship. This legislation also makes it harder for Aboriginal families to work on their issues and get their kids back.

These reforms fail to recognise that Aboriginal kids already have forever families, within large and loving kinship systems and communities. They fail to recognise that adoption will never be the solution while there are better care options for kids within community. They fail to recognise that culture and community help our kids to grow up safe, strong and secure in their identity.

Tell Premier Gladys Berejiklian to stop sacrificing Indigenous children to old, failed ideologies.

We must stop repeating the past. We know that taking Indigenous kids from their families and communities and shunting them onto strangers doesn’t work. Most recently we’ve seen the evidence in Canada, where the Government has made a $700 million settlement in recognition of the harm caused to Indian Metis children who were adopted during the 1960s.

We know that the problems Aboriginal families face are caused by intergenerational poverty, trauma and disadvantage. Our problems come from the very policies that the Premier is seeking to replicate here.

Our families need support to grow stronger together – not punishment to permanently tear them apart. 

Tell the Premier you won’t stand by and let her heap harm and trauma on Aboriginal children, again.

These changes to legislation have been rushed through Parliament despite strong opposition from Aboriginal communities and organisations, and with little regard for families who have already been deeply traumatised by forced adoption.

This is not ‘reform’. It is a harmful and regressive move to win votes and deflect responsibility.

Unbelievably, the NSW government is creating modern-day law based on the same ignorance, arrogance and cruelty that created the Stolen Generations, and ignoring the voices of Stolen Generations survivors to pursue its own agenda. It is ignoring evidence of the lifelong harm these policies have caused in the past, and will continue to create in the future.

Please take action to stop it now and sign the petition below.

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