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The year Kevin Rudd apologised Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts was taken from her family

May 26, 2023   •   35 MIN

Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, is a proud Bundjalung Widubul-Wiabul woman who was taken away from her family and her country at age 11.

Vanessa would live with more than a dozen different foster families, before she was old enough to return home to country at age eighteen. Since then she has completed her law and social work degrees, with first class honours and is embarking on a PHD. 

In this chat with Jamila Rizvi ,Vanessa explains the importance of telling the stories of First Nations children in the foster care system, who are growing up away from their culture, families and land.

*Content warning* We do mention the names of First Nations people who are no longer living. So please proceed with caution.

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