The Minister for Northern Territory families has agreed that listening to Aboriginal people when making policies that concern them… could create more successful policies into the future..
Things have been a tough for the Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield, since her controversial election in 2016… The findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, highlighted serious systemic flaws in current policy and the current system.
These issues were again highlighted with the alleged sexual assault of a toddler in Tennant Creek which exposed ongoing failures by Territory Families.
In an effort to turn things around…The Minister recently met with the Strong Grandmothers Group from the Central Desert Region who provided her a list of concerns, demands and alternative solutions to the range of issues in current NT policy.
CAAMA's Teghan Hughes sat down with Ms Wakefield to hear how she felt the meeting with the Grandmother group went.
Ms Wakefield told CAAMA that she acknowledged that her office has failed in the past with keeping Aboriginal children with their families.The Minister also says she is committed to working closer with Aboriginal-run groups and organisations, to create more successful policies that relate to Aboriginal families in the future…
Hear the interview below...