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The Stolen Generations – Assessment2 Essay 1

Indigenous Education and Perspectives
Alana Zammit
Swinburne Online University

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following assessment may contain images and names of deceased persons
The Stolen Generations – Assessment2 Essay 1

Indigenous Education and Perspectives
Alana Zammit
Swinburne Online University

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following assessment may contain images and names of deceased persons

Assessment2 2

As stated in the Bring them Home Report (April 1997) a national inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Children from their families. It was first established by state government in Victoria in 1869. Then the other states followed. Later similar legislation is passed in other colonies: New South Wales (1883), Queensland (1897), Western Australia (1905) and South Australia (1911). The Northern Territory Aboriginals Ordinance makes the Chief Protector the legal guardian of every Aboriginal and ‘half-caste’ person under 18. Boards are progressively empowered to remove children from their families.
The stolen generations has had a massive impact on Aboriginals throughout Australia. The Aboriginal people of the stolen generations’ lives have been changed and generations of families devastated from this. Children lost their parents and siblings when taken away. They also lost their culture. They were to develop and change to fit into a white society. The children were taken away by government, churches and welfare bodies. They were to be brought up in institutions and fostered out to white families. Almost every Indigenous Australian family has been affected by the stolen generations. This is one of the darkest periods in Australian history.
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