Presentation on theme: "The Stolen Generation By Yoana and Kyam. What was it? A period of time, between 1910 to 1970 in which Aboriginal children were taken away from there parents."— Presentation transcript:
What was it? A period of time, between 1910 to 1970 in which Aboriginal children were taken away from there parents. The removal started in South Australia. It was made legal by the Aboriginal Protection Board (APB) in 1909. The main children targeted were “half-castes” – children of both black and white descent. Children taken were either fostered out to white families or raised in institutions.
Why did it happen? The main purpose was to eliminate Aboriginality from Australia. It was thought that it would be much easier to change the behaviour of children then it would be for adults. People hoped to end the Aboriginal Culture and get rid of the ‘Aboriginal problem’.
Jennifer’s Story She came from a pure aboriginal family. A local policeman claimed Jennifer and her sister, Kate were being neglected on November 1952. Both of the girls were sent to Cootamundra Home in New South Wales until they were later adopted by a white family. The abuse and neglect continued until December 1957 when they finally returned home.
Bringing them home Bringing them home was a report written by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in 1997.Bringing them home was a report written by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in 1997. It included hundreds of Stolen Generation victim’s stories.It included hundreds of Stolen Generation victim’s stories. The report found that the removal of Aboriginal children had been a failure.The report found that the removal of Aboriginal children had been a failure.
The apology The Howard Government expressed there grief in relation to the Stolen Generation but refused to apologise as a nation. On the 13 th of February, 2008 when the Rudd government made a formal apology.
Compensation The Government refused to compensate the Aboriginals of the Stolen Generation. To this day, still very few Aboriginals have received compensation. The first compensation was granted in South Australia to Bruce Trevorrow.
Link-up services Part of the Bringing them home report, proved that many victims were left physiologically traumatised. Due to this evidence, the victims were provided with helpful services that help them track down their families. Grief and loss counselling, and relationship building is also provided.
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