News Articles en-us /news Copyright 2014 National Sorry Day Committee SB4: 60 7th Apr 14 National Sorry Day Committee Inc. Annual General Meeting <p>The National Sorry Day Committee 2013 Annual General Meeting will be held on April 25. Notices have been sent to association members via registered post and should be received in the coming days.</p> <p>If you are a member and have not received your AGM information pack by April 10 please contact us at to ensure your current contact details are on the register.</p> 18th Mar 14 Call for Community Stories about Stolen Generations programs that work <h2><span style="color:#009999;"><strong>Is your project, program or organisation achieving positive outcomes&nbsp;for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities?</strong></span></h2> <h2><u><strong>We&#39;d like to hear about it!</strong></u></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">Dear Members and Friends,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">The NSDC wants to know what&#39;s happening on the ground and what&#39;s working in communities to address the needs of the Stolen Generations.&nbsp;We know how important it is to make continual progress if equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are to be achieved. As a unique group the Stolen Generations are more likely to experience disadvantage in many key areas such as education, health and justice and we recognise that progress is achieved with both broad and targeted initiatives.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">As the annual commemoration of National Sorry Day approaches the NSDC is continuing preparation of the next &#39;SGWP Scorecard&#39; and we plan to include community-based stories, detailing programs and initiatives that are achieving real results in our communities and are positively impacting the lives of Stolen Generations survivors. We hope that your progress in this important area will serve to inform and inspire others.&nbsp;If you have any other ideas about important developments in your State, Territory or work area that you think should be included in future Scorecards please let us know.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-size:14px;">To contribute your story to the next Scorecard please send your details to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or call John on 0418 427 182.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="color: rgb(56, 165, 155); font-size: 21px; line-height: 14px;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Background to<span style="color:#009999;">&nbsp;the &#39;SGWP Sc</span>orecard&#39;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The SGWP, or Stolen Generations Working Partnership, is a formal partnership between federal government departments and key peak-bodies, including the National Sorry Day Committee. The SGWP was launched on 26 May 2010, National Sorry Day, as a forum for addressing the immediate and practical needs of the Stolen Generations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">In May 2011, one year after the formation of the partnership, NSDC produced a &#39;Scorecard&#39; which documented areas of progress, and stagnancy, on priority needs such as: Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB); Aged Care; Health Access Cards; Funeral Assistance; Education and Training; and Family Reunions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Later in 2011 the NSDC also reported on additional activities including: Bringing Them Home Counsellors and Link-Up Case Workers; the work of the Healing Foundation; and Arts and Cultural Projects to promote healing.&nbsp;In 2012 the Scorecard reported progress against the 18 identified priorities of the SGWP and in 2013 the partnership&#39;s Action Plan has been monitored. To read more about the SGWP and the Scorecard please visit <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-size:14px;">To contribute your story to the next Scorecard please send your details to <a href=""></a> or call John on 0418 427 182.</span></em></p> 16th May 13 NSDC's Schools Resource to be launched on National Sorry Day 2013! <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 700px; "> <tbody> <tr> <td><h3 style="text-align: -webkit-auto; background-color: rgb(231, 226, 205); "><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/schools/id/16/f/School Resource Cover pic small.jpg" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 22px; width: 200px; height: 282px; float: right; " /></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:24px;">NSDC&#39;s School Resource&nbsp;to be launched on&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:24px;">National Sorry Day, 26 May 2013!</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><a href="">Be sure to register to ensure you are kept&nbsp;up to date</a></strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; "><strong>More info at&nbsp;<a href=""></a></strong></p> 24th Apr 13 NSDC's Response to Christopher Pyne <p>The National Sorry Day Committee is surprised that Christopher Pyne, the Federal Opposition&#39;s education spokesman, finds it necessary to place ANZAC Day and Aboriginal days of commemoration, such as <a href="">National Sorry Day</a>, in opposition.</p> <p>Both are very important days, both are commemorated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Australia, and both have a history in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have participated.</p> <p>The long history of what happened at Gallipoli is well known and well established.&nbsp; Its commemoration has continued through the decades with many young Australian people now making a particular point of visiting ANZAC Cove on ANZAC Day.</p> <p>The events which led to National Sorry Day also have a long history, although for many Australians most of that history has only been visible in recent decades.</p> <p>We remember, for example, the many thousands of people who commemorated the first ten years of Reconciliation in bridge walks across Australia, and the way the sudden appearance of &#39;Sorry&#39; in the sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge struck an immediate chord with the crowd.&nbsp; We remember the way the nation came to a standstill as then Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd, said sorry to the Stolen Generations.&nbsp; We remember the words of the then Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Nelson, who addressed Parliament on the day of the national Apology, stating,&nbsp;<em style="color: rgb(0, 128, 128); ">&#39;This chapter in our nation&#39;s history is emblematic of much of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.&#39;</em></p> <p>ANZAC Day and National Sorry Day are not events in opposition &ndash; both are parts of our national story.&nbsp; Even more than that, there are significant links between the two days and those who celebrate them.&nbsp; Australia&rsquo;s First Peoples provided soldiers and allied personnel to both of the twentieth century&rsquo;s world wars.&nbsp; They are among the marchers on ANZAC Day.&nbsp; In some parts of Australia, Australia&rsquo;s First Peoples also hold their own ANZAC Day marches.&nbsp; In Sydney, for example, there has been an ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service at Redfern since 2007, which honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen.&nbsp; This march and service is regularly attended by the NSW Governor and the NSW Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs.</p> <p>The life of one of the regular Aboriginal marchers on ANZAC Day provides a very poignant reminder of the way both ANZAC Day&nbsp;and National Sorry Day are linked &ndash; this marcher and his siblings were removed from their mother while his father was away fighting in World War II and, despite strenuous efforts while his father was away and after his return, those children were never returned to their family.</p> <p>National Sorry Day and ANZAC Day are not in opposition &ndash; both Days are linked in our shared history, and commemorating both is now an intrinsic part of being Australian.</p> <p><a href="">Click here to read a related Sydney Morning Herald article</a>.</p> 24th Apr 13 Update for NSDC Members and Supporters <h3><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>April 2013</b></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">This update is to let you know that NSDC is back on track in its work for recognition, justice and healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">The Court case over governance has been resolved, and the Executive elected by our members at the 2012 Annual General Meeting has been recognised by the ACT Supreme Court.<br /> <br /> Now certainty has been achieved regarding the Executive, the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has restored our funding.<br /> <br /> For the rest of 2012-13, we will focus on the commemoration of National Sorry Day 2013, advocacy to government, raising awareness, and ensuring that our governance is as strong and relevant as possible.<br /> <br /> Within this framework, our immediate service delivery priorities are:<br /> <br /> <strong>Strengthening our engagement with the Stolen Generations and with organisations that support them or work on their behalf</strong><br /> We are continuing to build our membership and broader support base generally, and are developing strategies and materials to support that work. We are particularly keen to increase membership from the Stolen Generations, and from organisations that work in their interests, so that our advocacy can reflect Stolen Generations views as accurately as possible.<br /> <br /> <b>Building relationship with organisations across all sectors that can support NSDC</b><br /> We are building relationships throughout the wider community and building a broader support base. Our aims are to strengthen education about the Stolen Generations history and to develop meaningful relationships which will support the shared goals of NSDC members. There are more than 350 organisations that have made a commitment to reconciliation through action with Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). RAPs have three components: Respect, Relationships and Opportunities.These organisations include <a href="">schools</a>, <a href="">community organisations</a>, <a href="">universities and training organisation</a>, <a href="">peak organisations</a>, government departments (<a href="">Federal</a>, <a href="">State</a> and <a href="">Local</a>) and <a href="">companies within the private sector.</a><br /> <br /> <b>Responding to the Discussion Paper on Renewing the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples&rsquo; Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellbeing</b><br /> NSDC is currently developing a response to the Discussion Paper, part of which will emphasise the need for the Framework to recognise the needs of the Stolen Generations as particular groups within First Nations Peoples. (<a href="">The Discussion Paper can be found from the links here</a>.)<br /> <br /> <b>Participating in the next <em>Stolen Generations Working Partnership Forum</em></b><br /> These Forums provide direct access for both NSDC and the National Stolen Generations Alliance to Australian Government departments whose work affects the Stolen Generations. The 2012 Scorecard on the Partnership is available <a href="">here</a>, and NSDC will continue to advocate at the proposed June 2013 Forum for action on priority issues for the Stolen Generations.<br /> <br /> <b>Releasing our Schools Resource on the Stolen Generations</b><br /> This resource aims to ensure that schools can safely introduce children to the history and continuing impacts of the separation of Aboriginal children from their families and communities, and to assist them in planning events to mark days of significance to the Stolen Generations. When finalised, this resource will be available from our website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><b>Strong Governance</b><br /> We are currently reviewing our governance so that we can be sure that it is strong enough to take us into the future. If this review identifies elements in the NSDC constitution that would best be amended, we will take the recommended changes to the membership at a Special General Meeting, most likely held in conjunction with the 2013 AGM.<br /> <br /> Last year, in accordance with good governance practices, NSDC adopted a Code of Conduct. This will continue to be refined in the coming months and will be aimed at ensuring an environment based on respect and fairness which will better support all members and staff.<br /> <br /> <strong>And in other news</strong>, we bid farewell to longstanding member Helen Moran who has indicated that she is severing ties with the Association. We thank her for her efforts over the past decade and wish her all the best in her new endeavours.</span></p> 2nd Apr 13 Guide now available to help give statements to The Royal Commission in <p><a href=";id=1024">Source: SNAICC News</a></p> <p>The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has prepared a guide to assist people in preparing statements or giving information to the commission.</p> <p>In a letter to SNAICC, royal commission chairperson Justice Ian McLellan advised that the commission was preparing a comprehensive range of information about how it will be conducting its work.</p> <p>Justice McLellan wrote: &ldquo;We wish to give people the opportunity to tell us what happened and the impact it has had on them. In this regard, we anticipate that (SNAICC) will wish to give support and guidance to your members to do this.&rdquo;</p> <p>He said the guide was prepared to ensure that the commission receives as much relevant information as possible from witnesses.</p> <p>&ldquo;It may be that some of the questions in the enclosed guide are not relevant to a particular person or people, or the person does not know the answer, or does not wish such detail. It would be helpful in each of these circumstances if that could be mentioned in the letter or statement,&rdquo; Justice McLellan wrote.</p> <p>Justice McLellan advised that the royal commission will shortly be calling for people with personal experience of institutional child abuse to make contact with the commission.</p> <p>The Office of the Royal Commission has developed a support guide to assist people in preparing a statement or providing information into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.</p> <p>Download the&nbsp;Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Guide for preparing a statement or letter.</p> <p>For more information see:</p> <p><a href="">Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse</a><br /> <a href="">Policy and Advocacy Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse&nbsp;on the SNAICC website</a></p> <p>The Office of the Royal Commission can be contacted on 1300 229 776.<br /> &nbsp;</p> 25th Feb 13 Renewing the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal Mental Health <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Source:&nbsp;<a href="">NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Background</strong><br /> The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is leading the renewal of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples&rsquo; Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellbeing (2004-2009) (the Framework), under Action 7 of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan (2009-2014), which commits all jurisdictions to &lsquo;Lead the development of coordinated actions to implement a renewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SEWB Framework&rsquo;.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="">Download the National strategic Framework 2004-2009 here</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">A Working Group has been established to guide the development of the renewed Framework which includes representatives from:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">the Commonwealth, Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales governments;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officials Network (NATSIHON);</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO);</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Advisory Group (ATSIMHAG);</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="">the National Sorry Day Committee</a>;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">the National Stolen Generation Alliance; and</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">an Indigenous mental health consumer and carer</span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">The SPRC, in partnership with Nulungu Research Institute, has been contracted to undertake the development of the renewed Framework including consulting with key stakeholders. The renewed Framework will seek to:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Build on the previous Framework, taking into account its successes and addressing any gaps or developments that have occurred since it was published;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Offer a clear policy framework that will guide current and future social and emotional wellbeing and mental health efforts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Support alignment across governments and sectors; and</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Support ways to evaluate and inform future efforts around community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and mental health activities.</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Introduction to the Framework</strong><br /> The Framework was developed in 2004 by the Social Health Reference Group for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council and the National Mental Health Working Group.The Framework provided an outline for national action to respond to the high incidence of social and emotional wellbeing problems and mental ill health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Framework broadens the focus from mental ill health to a wider view of wellbeing and to services which promote positive wellbeing. It was also recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have different sources of strength and vulnerability from other groups in the population and therefore require a specific conceptual framework and a particular policy and service response. The Framework included building on strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people; increasing access to primary health and early intervention; and improving access to culturally sensitive and relevant services.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The development of the renewed Framework will include consultations with a broad range people from:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">State and Commonwealth Government departments;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">consumers, carers and community leaders;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">other non-government organisations who provide health services</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">These consultations are an opportunity to provide input into the development of a renewed Framework and to comment on current issues around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples&rsquo; mental health and social emotional wellbeing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Discussion paper</strong><br /> <a href="">A Discussion Paper (PDF)</a> (4 Mb) has been written to provide background information and is aimed at promoting a discussion about the development of a renewed Framework. The Discussion Paper highlights some of the key issues which are relevant to the development of the renewed Framework and some of the developments which have occurred since the previous Framework was issued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The Discussion Paper also includes a number of questions to assist you with providing feedback. The questions are intentionally broad to encourage discussions and to capture a wide range of views and ideas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">By submitting a response to these questions, or by attending a consultation in your State or Territory, you will help to ensure that the renewed Framework identifies the key issues and action areas necessary to ensure the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are addressed and improved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Submission Process</strong><br /> It is important that the renewed Framework reflects the ideas and thoughts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and we welcome your feedback and comments on renewing the Framework. Your submission will provide an opportunity for all points of views to be heard and considered throughout the development of the Framework.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">To have your say in the development of the Framework you can:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Read the Discussion Paper (available soon) and complete a submission. All comments will be considered. The online submission portal will be available until 1 April 2013.<br /> Attend a consultation in a location near you. Locations will be finalised shortly and added to this website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">By completing a submission and responding to these questions, you can help to shape the renewed Framework.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Consultations</strong><br /> The SPRC and Nulungu Research Institute are holding nation-wide consultations. The consultations seek feedback from stakeholders to ensure the renewed Framework meets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages and from different backgrounds and locations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Through the consultations, participants will have the opportunity to provide their views on the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you are planning on attending the consultations, or making a submission, we encourage you to read the Discussion Paper (available soon) to learn more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">By attending a consultation in your state or territory, you can help to ensure the Framework reflects the key issues and priorities that matter most to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Locations and dates for the consultations will be finalised soon and added to this website. If you would like to attend a consultation, please email</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Please note that there will be limited capacity at the consultations. For those who are unable to attend a consultation or prefer to make a written submission, we will soon be offering an online form where you can type your responses. This form can also be downloaded and emailed back to All responses, whether submitted at the consultations or via the website, will be given equal weight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Key Documents</strong><br /> <a href="">National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples&rsquo; Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being (2004&ndash;2009) (PDF) (606 Kb)</a><br /> <a href="">Discussion Paper (PDF) (4 Mb)</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Contact Details</strong><br /> Should you require any further information please email</span></p> 13th Feb 13 Media Release Constitutional Reform (5th Apology Anniversary) <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Click <a href="/documents/item/102" target="_blank">here</a> to download PDF.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The NSDC welcomes the multi-party support for the Bill for Recognition to be tabled this week in the Australian Parliament, marking the historic fifth anniversary of the Apology.<br /> Today&#39;s bill signals an opportunity for Australia to come of age as a nation, for us all to think deeply about the notion of constitutional recognition and to ask ourselves: &#39;Who are we as a nation?&#39;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">&quot;Recognition in the Australian Constitution is long overdue,&quot; says Michael West, who took up the position of Co-Chair in late 2012. &quot;The Apology shifted things so that Stolen Generations no longer had to justify who they are or the suffering of their families. Today this bill, to Recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution, builds on that recognition and brings the healing of this nation a step closer.&quot;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">&quot;Recognition goes two ways&quot;, said Mr West. &ldquo;We have to ask ourselves as Aboriginal people, &#39;What is the bottom line in our relationship as First Peoples to the wider Australian community? What is our collective relationship with this country, our precious environment, and our shared responsibilities to the place we call home?&rsquo; This debate is an important opportunity for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders around the country to lead Australia on the final questions that will be put to the national referendum, when the time comes.&quot;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Co-Chair , Maryanne Allan says: &quot;Individual and family healing is being held back whilst Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are not accorded the dignity that is the right of all First Peoples. For over two hundred years their status as First Peoples on this continent has been whitewashed. We saw that with the forcible removal policies, and this continues in our nation&#39;s founding document, which has deliberately excluded our First Peoples. This has to change,&quot; said Ms Allan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The NSDC understands that the referendum debate will involve a long process of education with all sectors of the Australian public. We urge all Australians to actively participate in the process of education and debate. Schools, clubs, faith groups, trade unions and community groups all have a role to play in ensuring an inclusive process, which the NSDC is keen to support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">We are hopeful that the time for change and healing is with us. The Apology itself took ten long years of campaigning by the NSDC and others. The 1967 Referendum also took ten years. The formal decade of reconciliation culminated in the momentous Bridge Walks around the county. The NSDC believes it is time to harness that energy again with a new generation. We commend the parliament for its unanimous support of this bill.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Media enquiries to<br /> &nbsp;</span></p> 23rd Nov 12 The Healing Foundation announces Apology Anniversary funding! <p><span style="font-size:14px;">13 February 2013 will mark the 5th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations and to Australia&#39;s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">To help communities across Australia to celebrate this event, and to build understanding of the importance of the Apology, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation has just announced&nbsp;a new micro grant funding round that will aim to assist communities across Australia to commemorate and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Apology on the 13th of February 2013.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The Healing Foundation&#39;s theme for the Anniversary of the Apology in 2013 will be &#39;<em>Healing our Past, Building our Future</em>&#39;, and will look to celebrate the people, programs and activities that, since the Apology in 2008, have helped to bring healing to young people, Stolen Generations, Elders and families in communities across Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">The grants will help communities to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Celebrate the people, programs and activities in our communities that are healing our Stolen Generations members and strengthening our communities;<br /> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Raise awareness of the Apology and tell the story of the Stolen Generations;<br /> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Highlight the history and issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and the healing that has taken place; and<br /> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Bring together our communities, young and old, Indigenous and non-Indigenous<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Communities can apply for grants from $500 to up to &nbsp;$1000 for one off events held on the Anniversary of the Apology in 2013.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can follow these links and find:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">- <a href="/documents/item/101" target="_blank">The Funding Guidelines</a><br /> - <a href="/documents/item/100" target="_blank">The Application Form</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The deadline for applications closes on 13 December 2012 and all applicants will be advised of the outcome of the funding round in the week of 17 December 2012 to allow for sufficient time for event planning and preparation.&nbsp;</span></p> 26th Oct 12 New NSDC Website launched today! <p><span style="font-size:14px;">For our regular website visitors, you may have noticed something a little different today - we have now launched our new website!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">We have embraced a fresh new look and feel this time around. We are certain the redesign, additional up to date content and intuitive lay out will make browsing our website a more&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px; ">enjoyable and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px; ">informative experience altogether!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Some of the most significant changes to the website include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">Interactive graphics on our home page that direct browsers to information on National Sorry Day, the Anniversary of the Apology, how to get involved with the work of the NSDC, what merchandise we have available, and the latest news from the NSDC and from across the Stolen Generations sector;&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">A breakdown of the different policy and program areas where we use our advocacy in order to achieve improved outcomes for the Stolen Generations</span>;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">New pages that explain the significance of the new Australian Curriculum, and what it means for teachers and students learning about the Stolen Generations;&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">A clear and accessible area for teachers to read about our <em>Australian Schools National Sorry Day Program</em> and the benefits of signing up, free of charge; and</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14px;">New areas where browsers can find out about the NSDC staff and Executive, how to volunteer or work for the NSDC, and how to become a member of the NSDC as a way of having a positive influence over the direction of the organisation.</span></li> </ul> 28th Sep 12 Celebrating the 2012 Deadly Awards! <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">This year the 18th &#39;Deadlys&#39; was held at Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012 to a capacity audience.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">2012 was the first year that the Outstanding Achievement for the Stolen Generations Community Award has been given &ndash; an important milestone in the history of the awards. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The award will provide individuals and organisations that have succeeded in supporting and enabling the healing process for the Stolen Generations with an opportunity to be formally recognised and celebrated. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The first Outstanding Achievement for the Stolen Generations Community Award was this year given to the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat NSW (AbSec NSW). In August 2012, AbSec organised the 100 year anniversary of Cootamundra Girls Home, and is leading on the development of a DVD recording of the stories of women that attended the school. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations went to Marumali Healing founder and Stolen Generations member, Aunty Lorraine Peeters who works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, health workers and members of the Stolen Generations to heal the terrible legacies of the past.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">You can find out who won each of the other awards this year by checking out the Deadly Awards website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</span></p> 24th Aug 12 Professor Michael Chandler visits Australia! <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">In August this year, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and University of Western Australia invited and helped host Professor Michael Chandler as he spent the month in Australia, conducting a speaker tour on the importance of engaging and empowering Indigenous communities to develop their own approaches to social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Professor Chandler has carried out extensive research with Aboriginal nations in Canada into what makes them resilient. Professor Chandler visited the Kimberley region, where he launched the Hear Our Voices Research Report. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">He also spoke at public events in Perth and in Canberra, with the aim of opening a conversation with government and policy makers, researchers, students and community organisations and services. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">It was argued that for a community to have access to their own culture, they must first be able to have a sense of ownership over their traditional ways of being and living. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Without a sense of cultural continuity &ndash; of a sense of connection to one&rsquo;s past and ancestors, and a commitment to the future of your own culture &ndash; a community is automatically disadvantaged and at risk of low social and emotional wellbeing. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Professor Chandler presented his argument for how a strengths based intervention strategy could be applied to ensuring cultural continuity in a community. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">He argued that six theory driven measures are required to achieve cultural continuity, and greater social and emotional wellbeing:&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">- Self governance;&nbsp;<br /> - Land rights/claims;&nbsp;<br /> - Education;&nbsp;<br /> - Health Services&nbsp;<br /> - Police/Fire Services<br /> - Cultural facilities&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">He also added that three further measures would also contribute toward the achievement of greater social and emotional wellbeing in a community:&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">- Women in government&nbsp;<br /> - Child protection services&nbsp;<br /> - Knowledge of Indigenous Languages</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Professor Chandler&rsquo;s contribution to these discussions was highly appreciated and valued, especially concerning the opportunity his appearance presented to compare the challenges faced in Australia with those faced in Canada.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;</span></p> 9th Aug 12 NSDC Celebrates The International Day of the World's Indigenous People <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">On 9 August 2012, Parliament House in Canberra played host to a live panel debate for the <strong>International Day of the World&rsquo;s Indigenous Peoples</strong> on the topic of <strong>&ldquo;Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices&rdquo;</strong>, which was broadcast live to air on 98.9 FM on the Let&#39;s Talk program.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The panel debate was chaired by Les Malezer (National Congress of Australia&rsquo;s First Peoples Co-Chair) as host, and featured Susan Moylan-Coombs (Head of Productions at NITV), Jeff McMullan (Journalist), Amy McQuire (Editor of Tracker magazine), and Tiga Bayles (98.9 FM radio presenter) as guests on the panel. A small audience of around 20 people were also in attendance in the studio. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size: 14px; ">The entire show can be listened to as a <a href="" target="_blank">podcast</a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></p> 5th Jun 12 First National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference! <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">NSDC staff and Executive Committee members were excited to participate in the first ever Social and Emotional Wellbeing National Conference this year, which was held in Glenelg, South Australia, from 4 &ndash; 7 June!</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The conference served as a significant first time opportunity for Link Up agencies, SEWB Counsellors, Workforce Support Units, Registered Training Organisations, Commonwealth Government department staff, and the Stolen Generations peak bodies (NSDC and NSGA) to come together. Discussions were held on some of the most important challenges and opportunities that these different groups face independently of each other, in their own communities, and States and Territories, as well as those shared in common across the broader Stolen Generations sector. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The aim of the conference was to allow participants to take away information and content from keynote speakers, practical workshops, and interactive forums; to better understand how colleagues in other organisations fit within the SEWB Program; to develop contacts across other areas of the SEWB Program; to take away examples of good practice, including problem solving and overcoming barriers; and to develop new working relationships with other organisations funded under the SEWB Program to strengthen their service delivery. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">One of the highlights of the conference was Professor Pat Dudgeon&rsquo;s presentation, who spoke about the importance of understanding what is meant by social and emotional wellbeing, and that connection to family, land, culture, community, ancestry, and spirituality are all so important to both the Stolen Generations and to wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for ensuring their own social and emotional and wellbeing. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">As a follow up to Pat&rsquo;s presentation, six individual breakout discussion sessions were set up to provide all the participants of the conference with an opportunity to discuss the importance of family, land, culture, community, ancestry, and spirituality in the context of social and emotional wellbeing. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">This kind of opportunity for discussion and debate among frontline service providers, government staff and peak bodies is so rare, and was clearly valued and embraced by all that participated in these sessions. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The conference participants also heard about the positive impact of the <a href="" target="_blank">Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation</a>&rsquo;s work in funding culturally strong, community based healing programs to address the effects of trauma; training and education initiatives that build the skills of communities and workers to deal with trauma; and research into the benefits of Indigenous healing. After formal consultation with the NSDC, the Healing Foundation is now developing a program which focuses on the healing needs of the Stolen Generations specifically. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">We also heard from our acting Indigenous Co Chair Brian Marshall, who spoke on behalf of Link Up Queensland, about the fantastic healing camps that they have been running over the past year. The healing camps provide opportunities for a mixed group of Stolen Generations members to socialise, relax, tell and hear stories, and to engage in cultural activities. The feedback from the participants seems to be overwhelmingly positive, suggesting that the healing camp initiative is becoming a model of best practice. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Importantly, time was also made during the conference to hear from both Elders and Stolen Generations members participating in the event. As the microphone was passed around the main conference room on the last day, personal and professional experiences were shared with the audience, of struggles and challenges when working on the frontline with &ndash; or as &ndash; SEWB counsellors, medical staff, and community leaders, and when engaging with families and communities and trying to enhance the level of Social and Emotional Well Being among young people in particular. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">We also heard about the achievements of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and of the Link Up Services and the SEWB Counsellors, against all the odds of poor resourcing and insufficient support for the staff providing these crucial services. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">We look forward to there being another National SEWB conference in the future, and we will keep our contacts updated as to when plans for the next conference are announced! </span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> 30th May 12 Stolen Generations Working Partnership Scorecard 2012 Launched <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The NSDC held a private launch of its <a href="/documents/item/52" target="_blank"><strong>2012 Scorecard</strong></a> at Parliament House in Canberra on 31 May 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Since May 2011, we have researched, written and published an annual Scorecard (in addition to an update in November 2011) in order to highlight the progress &ndash; and in some cases, the lack of progress &ndash; made by specific Commonwealth Government departments in meeting their obligations to address the annual priorities agreed upon by the <a href="">SGWP</a> members. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">Eighteen priorities have been set and agreed upon by the members of the SGWP for 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">These priorities are broadly informed by concerns relating to the level of access to Social and Emotional Well Being, Aged Care and healing services for Stolen Generations members; to issues concerning educating students on Stolen Generations history and the required teacher training to accompany this; and to the availability of data regarding the number of Stolen Generations members currently within the criminal justice system. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">In the 2012 Scorecard, we highlight progress concerning the challenges Stolen Generations members face when seeking proof of Aboriginality, with the Department of Human Services engaging the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (<a href="" target="_blank">AIATSIS</a>) in discussion on how AIATSIS might be able to support this process. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">We also highlight examples of good practice, such as the Attorney General&rsquo;s Department&rsquo;s engagement with FaHCSIA on the development of an Indigenous Safe Communities Strategy, with wrap around services being discussed that will positively impact on community safety and improve the functionality of families. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">NSDC is also pleased to see that, in the long term, all graduating teachers are expected to be qualified to teach students about the Stolen Generations, given that university funding for courses is becoming partly dependent on graduating teachers demonstrating cultural competencies in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as framed by the government. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">At this launch event, our Policy Advisor Tracy Lowis said a few words about this new Scorecard, while Minister for Indigenous Affairs The Hon Jenny Macklin also attended the event and re-affirmed her commitment to the successful implementation of the Stolen Generations Working Partnership. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="font-size:14px;">The NSDC is excited to be an active member of the SGWP, which we believe is in a strong position to develop and implement new policy and program areas (as well as related funding opportunities) that will effectively address the immediate and practical needs of the Stolen Generations. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</p>