20 years on, 1000 delegates join with SNAICC to bring the issue back to Canberra
Posted 6 September 2017 1:27pm

It’s been 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report was released. From Tuesday 12 September to Thursday 14 September, the 7th SNAICC National Conference will draw 1000 people to the National Convention Centre in Canberra to develop further strategies to address child removal.

The conference will honour the experiences of the stolen generations and inspire delegates in their work to redress ongoing child removal today. All speakers have a background in child welfare.

SNAICC is the national non-government peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. SNAICC is a community-controlled organisation with members and supporters working towards the goal of strong, healthy, self-determining children connected to family and culture.

This is the largest conference of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. It provides a valuable opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, researchers, government representatives, other non-government organisations and industry representatives to learn from Australian and international experience.

“I think the most important thing the SNAICC National Conference offers is a space for so many of us working to create positive change to share our knowledge and experience, and to learn from one another,” says Sharron Williams, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children Chairperson.

“The Conference will include over 70 fascinating concurrent sessions, yarning circles, panels and workshops, as well as displays, cultural performances and social events,” says Ms Williams. “It will be a powerful, rich and interactive learning experience not to be missed.”

With close proximity to Australian Parliament House, the conference brings home to the nation’s capital this nationally significant issue.

“We value the opportunity to secure and support the SNAICC conference in Canberra. We appreciate that so many delegates from around the country are

coming together to discuss these very real and difficult issues here over the next few days,” said Michael Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Convention Bureau.

The conference will bring 1000 delegates from around the country to Canberra.

“With this number of delegates, we expect the conference to deliver $2 million in economic contribution for the Canberra region, as well as 2,700 room nights for the city,” said Michael Matthews. “More importantly, we hope the outcomes and social legacy from meeting in the nation’s capital are significant and continue to drive real change”.


Canberra Convention Bureau is the peak body responsible for attracting business events to the Canberra region. With the support of a highly collaborative community, the Bureau works to bring conferences, meetings and incentive programs to the region by ensuring Canberra is recognised globally as an exceptional destination. The Bureau is a not for profit organisation funded by ACT Government and industry partners.

Media Enquiries:
Giselle Radulovic
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Canberra Convention Bureau
+61 2 6263 5305

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