Sorry means you don't do it again• The number of Indigenous children taken from their families has doubled in the decade since the 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations. Less than 35 per cent of these children are placed with their Aboriginal family. • Funding continues to be directed to removing children. There is no serious investment in early intervention that help keep families together, or to meet the unmet needs for housing, employment and other basic services, the root cause of the “neglect” that leads many children to be removed. • Once kids are removed families struggle to get them back, with little support provided and a system biased against return. Current reforms are placing children in foster care until they are 18 years old almost immediately and there is a further push to ease restrictions on adoption.
Students for changing the Date of Australia DayThe Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students is solely dedicated to aiding the voice of ATSI undergraduates across Australia. In a joint partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and the NUS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Department, UATSIS is petitioning for a change to the date of Australia Day. As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet promotes the highest degree of negativity. This event marked the beginning of oppression for the Indigenous population that perpetuates disadvantage and structural violence to this day. Furthermore, as representatives of undergraduate students, many of those which are of younger generations, we respect the cultural importance of this change in reconciliation between the past, present, and future, as well as between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Not only is this change important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, it also is crucial in the restoration of a fractured history which is divided by white and black voices. UATSIS and the NUS are supportive in a change to the date of Australia Day to promote the healing and reconciliation of the relationship between settler-colonial society and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. Stand with us in solidarity by signing this petition to #changethedate