Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Indigenous advocate to chair ‘Our Booris Our Way’ committee

Indigenous advocate, Natalie Brown, has been appointed Chair of ACT’s Our Booris, Our Way Implementation Oversight Committee. 

In a statement, the ACT Government said Ms Brown was a Gamilaraay woman who has lived and worked on Ngunnawal country for the past 20 years and is dedicated to advocating for systemic reform to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal families in statutory out of home care. 

Minister for Families and Community Services, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the ACT Government was committed to implementing the Our Booris, Our Way recommendations to achieve positive outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, and their families. 

“Real change can only be realised through strong collaboration, transparency, and accountability,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.  

“Ms Brown has been key in steering the Our Booris, Our Way process and has a strong commitment to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are supported, connected to their community, culture and country.” 

In line with the principles of self-determination, the Our Booris, Our Way Implementation Oversight Committee also recently elected Waanyi Kalkadoon woman, Charmaine Barratt, to the committee position vacated by Dr Caroline Hughes.

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