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This Anniversary event encourages the remembrance of the impact of past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation and of an important moment in the country’s history.
2024 marks 16 years since the National Apology and this anniversary event is hosted by Link-Up (Qld), an organisation that aims to bring a sense of peace, identity and belonging to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have been separated from their family and culture.
This year’s event will be led by Latia Schefe and Tahj Minniecon as MCs featuring a Welcome to Country by Jemarah Carr-Smith and performances by Leichardt State School Deadly Dancers and Miss Marley, Edgar Conlon, and Jem Cassar-Daly. Patricia Anderson AO and Patricia Thompson will all present speeches in person with video messages from the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP and Professor Mick Dodson AM.
Link-Up provides support to reunite First Nations peoples with families, community and to Country where contact has been lost due to forced removal, fostering, adoption or institutionalisation. It has been operating since 1984 and has a dedicated team offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the chance to reconnect with family and understand their identity. Find out more about the event here.
In November 2023, Clancestry festival celebrated everything that is beautiful, black and deadly about First Nations Peoples and performing arts.
Jarjums Life Museum
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums.
QPAC’s Warm Welcome
This was a series of events looking at what happens when communities open their hearts, homes and institutions to people from other places.
The Mabo Oration
In 2005 the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) and QPAC partnered to establish he Mabo Oration – a biennial public oration.
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local, regional and national First Nations artists.
Sparks is a PLAYLAB THEATRE and QPAC partnership program which runs for a year and is designed to facilitate pathway opportunities for First Nations Artists in the performing arts.
National Apology Day
To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2022, Link-Up (Qld) hosted a morning tea at QPAC.
As it Happened: Clancestry 2022
Highlights from QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country, which ran from 13 to 28 May 2022 and brought together First Nations voices, ideas and talent.