June 21 marked 13 years of the failed Northern Territory Intervention.
To mark this date, groups Concerned Australians, the Intervention Rollback Action Group and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney held an online forum featuring five First Nations speakers speaking from on country across the NT via video link, moderated by First Nations Professor Larissa Behrendt AO.
This week we bring you excerpts from the forum, featuring Aunty Pat Ansell Dodds of Grandmothers Against Removals Mbarntwe (Alice Springs), Amelia Kunoth-Monks of Arlparra (Utopia), and Barbara Shaw, founding member of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, speaking from Mbarntwe.
The full forum included First Nations speakers Harry Jakamarra Nelson, Warlpiri Elder from Yuendumu, and Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA - a Liya Dhalinymirr leader of the Djambarrpuyngu people.
Stephen Gray, Lead researcher of the recent Monash University Castan Report, Northern Territory Intervention: Evaluation Report 2020 and Greg Marks, international human rights law expert in Indigenous rights and former NT resident also spoke.
The forum can be heard in full at the Concerned Australians website.
Amy McMurtrie, Anya Saravanan, Ayan Shirwa, Emma Hart, and Iris Lee