Critical capital: recovery and justice

Date & time
5–7.45pm Wednesday 22 February 2023

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Room 7.4.1. 6 Fellows Road Acton, ACT 2601

Dr Sharynne Hamilton
ANU College of Law Marketing

Presented by ANU LRSJ Indigenous Reconciliation Project

Movie screening
Critical capital: recovery and justice

The ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) Indigenous Reconciliation Projects invites you to join us for a screening of the movie After the Apology followed by an online keynote address by Ngunnawal woman Dr Sharynne Hamilton on Wednesday, 22 February 2023. The event will provide you with the opportunity to engage with how the child protection system continues to fail Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples, separating children from families at an increasing and disproportionate rate. You will also be hearing from Dr Hamilton on her extensive knowledge and research on models of reform within the child protection system for moving forward, particularly within the ACT.

About After the Apology

Four grandmothers' find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. They are not only taking on the system, they are changing it.

Content warning:

Viewers’ discretion is advised for the film, as it contains material regarding racism, sexual assault and harassment and the continuing institutional violence experienced by First Nations people. The film may be distressing, particularly for First Nations people. First Nations viewers are advised that the film contains the images and voices of people who have passed, and images and voices that may cause distress. Attendees are more than welcome to only join for the Keynote address which will begin at 7:10pm.

Safe space:

There will be a safe space for any First Nations attendees who would like a break or chat at any point during the event. The space will be facilitated by Kristen Franks, a Ngambri/Ngunnawal and Dhurawal Woman and mental health professional from Mental Health for Mob.


  • Dr Sharynne Hamilton »

    Dr Sharynne Hamilton is a Ngunnawal woman living on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar. She is a Senior Research Fellow and the Co-Head of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. She is a leading expert and advocate for children and families involved with the child protection and youth justice systems. Focused on healing, recovery and wellbeing, her research has centred on equitable access to culturally relevant support and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities involved with statutory systems.


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