Healing Aboriginal futures

Healing Aboriginal futures

May 24
The government policies that created the stolen generation have had far reaching consequences. Hear from two powerful Aboriginal leaders who are making progress in remedying the effects, including transitioning the record number of Aboriginal children from state care.


Jim Morrison, Leader, YOKAI
Ann Oakley, Founder, Kinship Connections

Event overview

Twenty years ago the Bringing Them Home report shocked Australia with the facts on the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities from 1910 to 1970. Today those findings are still relevant. In 2018, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families continue to experience trauma because of these past practices, and Australia has a record rate of Aboriginal children in state care. 

Please join us at this thought provoking CEDA Trustee Boardroom Briefing to hear from two powerful Aboriginal leaders who are making healing happen. Jim Morrison is the leader of Yokai, the operational umbrella of the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation and the Bringing Them Home Committee, and Ann Oakley is the founder of Kinship Connections, the only Australian organisation helping children transit out of state care and connect with their extended family. 

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

Jim Morrison
Leader, YOKAI

Jim Morrison is the leader of YOKAI! Healing our spirit - the operational umbrella of the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation and the Bringing Them Home Committee (WA). Jim is a Goreng Noongar Elder, and a Traditional Custodian of WA's pristine southern coast. He has been a prominent activist, advocate, working passionately to address the rights of the Stolen Generations. Jim has been a Congressman of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Chair of the National Stolen Generations Alliance, a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Mental Health Advisory Group, and a manager at Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service. Jim was a previous Director of Yorganop, and Senior Policy advisor to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Ann Oakley
Founder, Kinship Connections

Ann Oakley (née Hawke) is a descendant of the Yawuru people from Broome and Gooniyandi people from the East Kimberly, and is the third generation in her family to have been affected by government removal policies. Ann worked in the Department for Child Protection as a trainer in best practice fostering and the recruitment and assessment of Aboriginal foster parents. In 2012 she founded the award winning Kinship Connections, the only organisation in Australia dedicated to helping Aboriginal children transit out of State care successfully through reconnecting them with their extended family systems, and identifying safe family members who will support them through these difficult years.

Meet the host

Sheryl Carmody
Executive Director, Mission and Culture, MercyCare

Sheryl Carmody has held role of Executive Director for Mission & Culture at MercyCare for last 4.5 years.  
She has been involved in the community sector in Perth since 1975 with a priority for people faced with serious levels of disadvantage.  Her professional social work and management fields of practice have been with Aboriginal people, youth and adult homeless and housing, and mental health.  Her roles within these fields have included research, service delivery, management of innovative projects, workforce supervision and development, organisational and cultural development, partnerships, sector reform work and senior management.

Sheryl has had working relationships and friendships with Nyoongar people over her entire working life and has leadership responsibility for MercyCare’s Aboriginal Pathway and associated Reconciliation Action Plan.

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