Our Kids Belong With Family

Our Kids Belong With Family

#OurKidsBelongWithFamily is a global campaign, led by Rarriwuy Hick, that aims to raise awareness about the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Rarriwuy (rah-ree) Hick is a Yolngu woman who was raised in both Sydney and on Country in Arnhem Land.

She has a made a name for herself in the arts industry where she acts, dances and performs in theatre; appearing in Redfern Now, Wentworth, Black Comedy, among other shows.

Rarriwuy began #OurKidsBelongWithFamily campaign in 2018 when her family experienced the traumatic removal of their nephews.

#OurKidsBelongWithFamily campaign aims to ensure government protocols for keeping Indigenous kids with family are adhered to. Indigenous kids are 9.7 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-indigenous children, according to SNAICC, the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

"From the years of research that came out of our own family's experience, it was clear that welfare bodies nationally have not been following their own Indigenous centred guidelines and protocols. Today, Indigenous children continue to be forcibly removed without immediate or extended families as an option to be kinship carers." - Rarriwuy Hick

Backing 'Our Kids Belong With Family'

We are supporting 'Our Kids Belong With Family' by raising awareness of the campaign through merchandise and elevating and educating about the cause. 100% of profits from this tee will go towards the'Our Kids Belong With Family' initiative.

This tee is designed to be worn all year round however, we encourage you to wear this tee and make noise on Apology Day (13 Feb) and Sorry Day (26 May). See more about these dates below.

Since 2020, Mob and Allies have supported this campaign by posting a photo on Apology Day (Feb 13) to stand in solidarity with First Nation's families impacted by child family removal.

This year we encourage you to post a photo in the campaign tee, or with a sign sharing #OurKidsBelongWithFamily on Feb 13.

Image: Sissy Austin with her niece and nephews.  

Further Learning and Resources

Take on the responsibility of learning and unlearning for your self. Here is a list of resources to get you started from the Our Kids Belong With Family campaign. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Keep digging, keep clicking through the links.

Dates of Significance

Read

 

Listen

Songs

 Podcasts

Watch

Tip: You can currently watch 'Rabbit Proof Fence' and 'Servant or Slave' on SBS On Demand

Social Media Accounts

Resource Kits for Schools

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