Policy Online (11.2.16) carries a link to a Healing Foundation report that reviews the last two years of its ‘Stolen Generations Initiative’. The report describes how support programs funded through the initiative for affected Indigenous people have resulted in improved ‘connections’ to their respective communities.
‘This report is a review of the first two years of projects funded under the Healing Foundation’s Stolen Generations Initiative 2013-2015.
‘The removal of Stolen Generations members from their families, identity, land, language and culture continues to have a profound impact on communities, families and individuals. Between 1910 and the 1970s up to one in three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed. The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2008 estimated that 10,500 children were removed up until 1972.
‘Bringing them Home, the final report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, contends that Stolen Generations members should be supported to lead and develop their own healing responses to overcome the trauma of removal and be assisted to limit the intergenerational transfer of trauma to their descendants.’