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Protection: 1890s - 1920 What is it? Protection policies were introduced to spare Aboriginal peoples from the effects of “White” culture; alcohol, disease.

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2 Protection: 1890s What is it? Protection policies were introduced to spare Aboriginal peoples from the effects of “White” culture; alcohol, disease and social inequality. It was a paternalistic policy that treated the Aboriginal people as children who needed looking after

3 Protection Why was it introduced? Early colonial governments saw the Aboriginal race as a ‘dying’ one. Protection was all about ensuring the Aboriginal race had a ‘smooth pillow’ to die on. Hardships experienced by Aboriginal peoples in white society saw them suffer from the effects of alcohol, disease, dispossession of traditional lands and impoverished communities. This policy aimed at protecting Aboriginals from this.

4 Protection Impact on Aboriginal Peoples Areas of land were put aside or ‘reserved’ for Aboriginal protection. These reserves were located outside the view of white Australian society, usually in outback regions, and were controlled by the government or Christian churches. Government ‘Protection Boards’ and Church missions became legal guardians of the Aboriginal peoples giving them complete power and control over their lives. Church missions aimed at converting Aboriginals to Christianity to ‘civilise’ Aboriginal groups

5 A church run Mission

6 Protection in practice – reserve life On the reserves Aboriginals were forbidden to speak their native languages, practice their culture or religious beliefs. Instead the English language, culture, lifestyle and religious beliefs of the whites were enforced Food was limited resulting in illness and death especially among infants Reserve managers (called Protectors) were appointed to the reserves without qualification or training They controlled the ‘comings and goings’ of the Aboriginals on the reserves including where they worked, any money obtain and marriages.

7 Assimilation: What is it? Assimilation was a government policy designed to absorb Aboriginal people into white Australian society Assimilation was aimed to make Aboriginal peoples ‘similar’ to white Australians. This would extend to their language, culture, beliefs, clothing and manner of living

8 Assimilation Why was it introduced? The belief that the Aboriginal race was ‘dying out’ and doomed to extinction did not eventuate It became essential to find a new solution to the so- called ‘Aboriginal problem’ The overall aim of assimilation was for the Aboriginal race to be culturally mixed into white society and ultimately to be genetically ‘bred out’ as a race.

9 Assimilation Impact on Aboriginal peoples This policy meant the loss of their culture, beliefs, language and ultimately the destruction of family ties. To make this policy successful the government targeted Aboriginal children that were of mixed blood, commonly referred to as ‘half-castes’. The government believed that these children would more readily learn and adapt to white culture. To achieve this they were removed from their families on the reserves and missions and sent to special ‘training’ schools, then fostered out to white families and homes. In this way they were not exposed to Aboriginal culture and engulfed in white ways These children are collectively known as the ‘Stolen Generations’

10 In training homes like this girls were taught skills to be domestic servants of white families

11 Integration: What was it? Integration was a policy that attempted to incorporate Aboriginals into Australian society as Aboriginal people. This enabled the Aboriginals to retain their own culture, language, religion and identity. However they still had significant restrictions on their lives

12 Integration Why was it introduced? Integration was adopted due to the failure of the assimilation policy. The government also wanted to sell off the ‘valuable’ mineral rich reserve land to mining companies

13 Integration Impact on Aboriginal peoples Aboriginals were given an identity and the practice of removing children from their families stopped. With the selling of the reserve lands, the Aboriginals were once again dispossessed, this time moving to low cost housing in the suburbs with little health and education facilities. Aboriginal reserve populations were scattered to not upset the local white communities. The aboriginals were not happy with this as they wanted to be close to their families and the land they had called home for many decades As a result many returned to reserve sites living in abandoned cars and making tents, once again becoming fringe dwellers

14 Aboriginal fringe dwellers displaced by integration

15 Self Determination What is it? After years of protesting and struggling for recognition, the policy of Self Determination was introduced by Prime Minister Gouge Whitlam in 1972 This policy gave Aboriginals the right to choose their own way of life. Equal human rights and privileges were granted to Aboriginals

16 Self Determination Why was it introduced? This policy was created to allow aboriginals a say in their future after years of it being controlled by various governments and institutions The rights and freedoms granted to Aboriginals at this time reflected international moral standards

17 Self Determination Impact on Aboriginal peoples Overall self determination granted the Aboriginal people the right to choose their own destiny and lifestyle This led to the creation of representative bodies such as ATSIC, that gave Aboriginals a greater ability to cater for the needs of their own people.

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