James Morrison

Advocate for Stolen Generations survivors and founder, Yokai

2023 WA Local Hero Nominee

For more than four decades, Noongar Elder James Morrison has advocated for Stolen Generations survivors, families and communities. He seeks acknowledgement, healing and redress for the children forcibly removed from their families, country and culture.  

James founded the organisation Yokai to help heal the spirits of the Stolen Generations. Yokai hosts the Sorry Day commemorations in Perth’s Wellington Square each year. He also championed the Mia Mias memorial in Wellington Square that acknowledges the Stolen Generations.  

James personally supports and mentors many Stolen Generations survivors and family members. He advocates for appropriate financial redress, Aboriginal-led social and emotional wellbeing programs to heal intergenerational trauma, and for all Western Australians to know the truth about the genocidal policies that created the Stolen Generations. 

James was a founding member of Reconciliation WA, the co-convenor of Bringing Them Home WA and the inaugural Chair of the WA Stolen Generations Alliance.