Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal.
Through the Stolen Generations’ Working Partnership, the Australian Government is inviting a partnership with Stolen Generations and their supporters to address the immediate and practical needs of the Stolen Generations. The majority of Stolen Generations are now over 45 years of age. Many are Elders or leaders in their family or community. Ongoing support is needed to deal with the daily experience of various types of trauma, loss and grief, and to help whole families and future generations to stop the cycle of trauma from continuing.
The Royal Commissions into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody found that many of the deaths investigated were people who had been separated from the family and communities due to the actions of past government policies. (QLD LinkUp)
Judith Bancroft emigrated from the UK over 20 years ago, is an adoptee and a mother of 2 teenage sons. For the last 4 years Judith has been Coordinator of a Mental Health Program for the Perth Division of General Practice whose cornerstone was the provision of a free clinical psychology service for financially disadvantaged patients of GPs in the Division.
The Stolen Generations of Aboriginal Children Act 2006 established a five million dollar fund to enable the Tasmanian Government to make ex-gratia payments to members of the stolen generations. The Act also enabled children of deceased members of the stolen generations to apply for payment.
Indigenous Deaths in Custody (1989-1996): A Report prepared by the Office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in 1996.
This is a very significant report with recommendations that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still calling for to be actioned.
On 15 August 2005, in Brisbane Australia, 160 delegates from the International Engaging Communities conference participated in the UN-sponsored workshop, 'Engaging the Marginalised: Partnerships between Indigenous Peoples, governments and civil society'.