Incarceration Nation: Outdoor screening and discussion on the ACT’s next steps
Presented by the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice Indigenous Reconciliation Project, Justice Reform Initiative and Documentary Australia Foundation, we invite you to join us for an outdoor screening of the acclaimed documentary ‘Incarceration Nation’ followed by a panel discussion.
There will be an intermission between the screening and the panel, designed to enable people to attend the panel event, even if they choose not to attend the screening. Non-Indigenous invitees are strongly advised to join the screening or to watch the film prior to attending the panel discussion.
The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss the necessary areas of change for policymakers, legal professionals and the wider Australian community.
Content note: View discretion is advised for the film as it contains material regarding deaths in custody and the violence experienced by First Nations peoples in the Australian carceral system. The film may be traumatic, especially for First Nations peoples. 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.
Leah House is a Ngambri-Ngunnawal woman who acknowledges her ancestors in the ACT and surrounding regions. Having grown up in her community, Leah draws on her childhood and lived experiences to guide her.
Leah began her career helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people access education and strengthen their cultural identities. In 2018, Leah was awarded ACT Public Education Volunteer of the Year for her contribution to Namadgi School and ACT public education.
Journeying into the community legal sector, Leah supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women engaged with the legal system and helped women at Alexander Maconochie Centre reintegrate into the community.
As a member of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, Leah works closely with the community and government to address domestic and family violence.
Now an Aboriginal Victims Liaison Officer at the ACT Human Rights Commission, Leah works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children who have been victims of crimes.
Magistrate Louise Taylor
Magistrate Louise Taylor is an ANU Law alumna and the eighth permanent magistrate on the ACT Magistrates Court. She is the ACT’s first Aboriginal judicial officer and in 2019 received the ANU Indigenous Alumna of the Year award.
A Kamilaroi woman, Louise has a particular interest in women’s issues especially in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence and is passionate about the importance of access to justice for women, particularly for Aboriginal and other marginalised women.
Professor Tom Calma AO
Professor Tom Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kan) tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 45 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health, suicide prevention, all levels of education, culture and language, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development. In 2010 after a distinguished career of 38 years in the Australian Public Service Professor Calma retired and currently works as a consultant, volunteer and academic.