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Date posted: 13 December 2011
A key advocate for members of the Stolen Generations has been acknowledged for her tireless work for social justice.
The late Lola Jane Edwards, a proud Anaiwan and Gamilaroi woman, was last week recognised with the Community Individual Award at the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2011 Human Rights Awards.
Lola, who passed away on the first of August this year, was a member of Link-Up (NSW). In 1995/6, together with the late Carol Kendall, Lola was appointed to the specialist team which travelled extensively throughout NSW conducting 30 preparatory forums to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including members of the Stolen Generations, to give evidence to the Australian Human Right's Commission's Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal people from their families.
Two of many important recommendations that were included in the landmark Bringing them home report were the direct result of Lola's persistence - a 'National Apology' by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and an 'Annual Sorry Day'.
The Community Individual Award that Lola won recognises an individual with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community.