Candles for the Forgotten

by PeakCare Qld on 6th September 2012

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Channel 7’s Kay McGrath, a keen supporter of child protection in Queensland, was the Master of Ceremonies for Remembrance Day 2012, a joint initiative of Forgotten Australians and the Child Protection Week Committee. 

Kay opened the proceedings with the promise that there was much to celebrate and reflect upon and that it was fitting that this ceremony was part of a week-long acknowledgement of just how valuable children are.  She spoke of the importance of ensuring that abuse of children in care never happens again and applauded the courage of all those who spoke up at the Forde Inquiry to affirm their commitment to no further abuse for children.  Maroochy Barambah then delivered a stirring welcome to country.

The ceremony hit a poignant note with a stunning rendition of ‘In the Garden’ by Forgotten Australian Juanita Burr.  As the Guest Speaker Hon Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, spoke of the courage of survivors and the need to reflect on practices of the past to ensure they never happened again in the future. She said:  “We are here to honour with dignity and respect those impacted by policies that caused Forgotten Australians, the stolen generation, child migrants and forced adoptions”.  Most significantly Minister Davis said we remember those who in despair have taken their own lives.  “We must never again let society look the other way.  We must protect children as it is everyone’s business to play our part. You are the people we admire the most.  You are the survivors.  Our reflections of the past can inspire us to step up to protect children.  It is a tribute to you all that you have overcome past traumas. Each of your stories have paved the way for a more responsive child protection system and inspires me to do a better job as Child Safety Minister.”

Toni Williams then led the acknowledgement for Forgotten Australians, Farrah Warner led the acknowledgement for the Stolen Generation and Brian Lang led the acknowledgement for British Child Migrants.  Those in attendance then collectively acknowledged the following:

We acknowledge and affirm the courage of the many former residents of institutions, foster care and detention who experienced abuse.  We affirm their determination in the face of denial and powerful institutions in breaking the silence and being a voice for reform and justice.  We acknowledge the pain and injustice of many women who were subject to forced adoptions including the life-long impact on parents and child. 

We recognise that whilst change has been slow, change has occurred and we affirm the place in the history of Queensland that former residents of institutions, foster care and detention centres have claimed in daring to be voices that challenge.

Each attendee was then invited to light a candle in recognition of vulnerable children and young people.  Juanita Burr sang Amazing Grace throughout this procession.  Karen Walsh then led a minutes silence in memory of those who had lost their lives.

Juanita then engaged the audience to sing along with her apt final song for the ceremony, John Lennon’s Imagine.

     

 

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