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New projects build understanding of Stolen generations history

Date posted: 20 February 2012

Last week marked the fourth anniversary of the Australian Government's national apology to Indigenous Australians. The national apology acknowledged the pain and suffering caused by past government policies, particularly for members of Australia's Stolen generations.

To coincide with the fourth anniversary of the apology, several projects were launched that endeavour to heal the wounds of past practices for Indigenous Australians.

One of these is the Stolen generations testimonies website, which records the lives and experiences of more than 30 Stolen generations members through photos, film, audio, maps and transcripts.

Filmmaker Melanie Hogan said the inspiration behind the project was Steven Spielberg's compilation of testimonies by Holocaust survivors.

In its introduction to the website, the Stolen Generations' Testimonies Foundation expresses hope that the online museum will become a national treasure and a unique and sacred keeping place for Stolen generations' survivors' testimonies. The Foundation anticipates that more people will become engaged in the healing process as a result of listening to the testimonies with 'open hearts and without judgement'.

Also to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the apology, three Indigenous organisations in Darwin released a statement calling for a Stolen generations children's memorial to be established on the site of Kahlin Compound, the former children's home at Myilly Point.

Strong Aboriginal Families, Together (SAF,T) Chief Executive Officer Josie Crawshaw, whose mother was taken to Kahlin from Limbunyah Station as a young girl, said a children's memorial would make a strong statement of support for all the Territory's Stolen generations families.

Sources: Minister for Indigenous Affairs; Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory


Last updated: 20 February 2012
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