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Indigenous women urged to tell their stolen stories

Date posted: 23 July 2012

Indigenous women from the New England North West, who were removed to the Aboriginal girls training home at Cootamundra, are being urged to share their stories.

The oral histories are being gathered as part of the facility's centenary celebrations next month, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the sorry history.

Lorraine Tye is an interviewer with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

She says around 500 people are expected to attend the centenary and their stories, no matter how sad, are critical to reveal the truth of what went on.

'Whether it was good or whether it was bad, it needs to be told so that it never never happens again,' she said.

'If we just ignore it, in 50 to 60 years time, someone could come up with a great idea of having another girls home.'

Lorraine Tye says it's powerful to let people tell their story.

'I think it's up to the survivors to actually help us understand what happened; what it was like and why it was like it.'

Source: ABC


Last updated: 23 July 2012
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