More than 1200 delegates including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s services, health and wellbeing workers from the government and non-government sectors are in Adelaide this week for the 8th SNAICC National Conference.
The 8th SNAICC National Conference is a chance for people from communities across the country to come together to share knowledge about what is best for our children,” says Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett, SNAICC Chair.
Our work differs in each state and territory. Each community faces unique challenges with its own solutions. This is why the conference plays an important role bringing people together to strengthen cultural knowledge and connections. It’s a space to yarn about what’s working and what’s not working,” says Ms Bamblett.
The conference showcases knowledge, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia and gives delegates the chance to hear from leading national and international child rights and development experts.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United National Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples draws from her experiences in the Philippines to discuss the challenges Indigenous peoples face and how it translates to the Australian Indigenous context.
Dr Moana Eruera, Ministry for Children, New Zealand, brings her knowledge of NZ child protection policies working towards closing the gap between Māori and non-Māori children.
Delegates will also hear from
- Natalie Lewis, Family Matters campaign Co-Chair and CEO of QATSICPP
- June Oscar, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Richard Weston, Former CEO, The Healing Foundation; Co-Chair, Family Matters campaign
The expertise of local South Australian representatives includes:
- Professor Fiona Arney, Australian Centre for Child Protection, SA
- April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, SA
- Cathy Taylor, Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection, SA
To find out more go to: www.snaicc.org.au/conference