UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Members of the Stolen Generations are calling on the Aus gov for a national compensation scheme as the anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report nears.
Reminder: Between 1910-1970, many Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families as a result of various gov policies working towards assimilation (think: the theory of black inferiority which proposed Indigenous people should be allowed to die out, or, where possible, be integrated into the white community). The generations of children removed under these policies became known as the Stolen Generations. Children taken from their parents were taught to reject their Indigenous heritage and adopt white culture. Many were placed into institutions and suffered abuse and neglect. The Bringing Them Home report, released almost 20 years ago, recognises the separation of the children from their families and contains 54 recommendations to the Aus government including a national apology and compensation.
As a new report from the Healing Foundation was handed to PM Malcolm Turnbull yesterday, (also marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum win that saw the inclusion of Indigenous people in the Census), he delivered an emotional speech and vowed to end indigenous inequality.
He said former PM K-Rudd’s apology in ’08 to the Stolen Generations acknowledged their pain but there was still “much unfinished business”. The new report found the majority of the 54 original recommendations in Bringing Them Home have not yet been implemented and states about 15,000 members of the Stolen Generations are still living, with an estimated 160,000 family members impacted by having their children taken away.
Side note: National Sorry Day is this Friday, 26 May and Reconciliation Week begins on Saturday, with this year’s theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’. bit.ly/2qe4161