This book is an incredible true story of hope and resilience, and an important recount of a tragic chapter in Australia's indigenous history
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I also wanted to apologize for my lack of posting recently. I've been really struggling with my mental health, and on top of that, I recently lost a friend to suicide so I've really been focusing on work and self-care. Mental health is so, so important!! Please speak up if you're struggling as there are so many people here who care and can help you. Please know that I am here if you need anything at all, I won't judge and I'm never too busy to talk. Please don't let your family and friends go through the pain of losing someone to mental illness. You are all loved 💕
"There was never any sense that you were loved, wanted or needed, or told you could be anything you wanted to be. We were never told if you were smart enough you could be a doctor or a teacher." Aunty Eva Jo shares her incredible experience with @nitv_au as a Stolen Generations Survivor and her commitment to advocating for other Stolen Generations members. Click the link in our bio to read the full story.
Another striking artwork at the Sydney Biennale: the 200 pairs of 'Shellworked Slippers' by Aboriginal Bidjigal artist Aunty Esme Timbery from La Perouse, NSW ✨
How Exquisite - Powerful - Emotional ?!!!
We are so happy for this wonderful 87 y.o. artist and leader 🙌⚡❤⚡🙌
Excuse me while I fall in love with Africa 🖤💛❤️ I lay in bed and try to imagine what my life would have been like if 20 million Africans were not stolen from their land and brought to America, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, etc. Where were my ancestors from? What language would I have spoken? Black Americans have no identity or culture 🤦🏽♀️ This place was not meant to be our home. #StolenPeople#StolenGenerations#Displaced#WhereDoWeComeFrom I intend to take DNA tests in the near future to find where my roots lie. I cannot change my history but I can change my future ✊🏽🖤
Today I'm back in the place where I made this image several years, which tells the story of women from Australia's Stolen Generations.
Under parliamentary policies that persisted throughout much of the 20th century, numerous Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly taken from their family homes and placed in institutions and foster families by church missionaries and government agencies.
These children have become known as The Stolen Generations.
Belonging is being attached to a place that holds you, and in turn is held within your very being. Australia's Stolen Generations were forcibly removed from their place of belonging, from their history, language, people and culture. The very deep and long lasting effects of this are still become tragically clear - not lest the loss of identity and the loss of knowing one's own history
This day 10 years ago I remember well I was about to have my first baby and I didn’t know my mob or where I came from and when former PM Kevin Rudd said SORRY I cried, I cried for my ancestors, my family I was yet to meet, my dad my siblings and my baby. I will never forget that day! It was just the beginning and this country still has far to go. But the most thing I am grateful for now is finding my mob, and knowing my country, nothing compares. #Apology10#Wiradjuri#Ingram#Wickey#Aboriginal#stolengenerations#sorry
Ten years ago today, the Prime Minister made a landmark apology to generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were torn from their families, communities and cultures. Australia resolved to turn a new page in its history but, a decade on, more than twice as many Indigenous girls and boys are living away from their families in out-of-home-care. Saying 'sorry' means we have to change, and it starts by listening to community leaders. "In order to close the gap we must be listened to, and we must be trusted. We know how to support and care for our children. What we need is to be supported to make decisions for our children and our communities. Outcomes cannot improve until we see a change in attitudes, and that starts with letting us lead.” – Sharron Williams, Chairperson SNAICC-National Voice for our Children.
Today is the 10th Anniversary of Kevin Rudd's National Apology to the Stolen Generations. We watched the apology on the big screen out in the cultural centre, after which they also showed Ken Wyatt's 2010 response to the apology.
I don't mean to detract from the sentiment, I think Rudd was genuine, I think he meant what he said... but it's been 10 years, and Indigenous children are being removed from their homes at higher rates than ever seen during the initial Stolen Generations.
We are living through another Stolen Generation.
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations given by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Link-Up Victoria and Connecting Home in partnership with the City of Darebin commemorated this very historical day for all people of Australia at Preston City Hall with guest speakers, a special tribute and the latest news about redress for the Stolen Generations.
The National Apology was just the beginning, and today, ten years later, there is still unfinished business. We will continue to fight for change, recognition, justice, self-determination, land, compensation, truth, justice and healing.
To everyone who was removed, kidnapped, taken, placed in care - We pay tribute to you today. To the champions who advocated, rallied, protested, organised, here in Victoria - We pay tribute to you today.
If you are a member of the Stolen Generations and are looking for family, you can contact Link Up Victoria for support: http://linkupvictoria.org.au/
Today I say Sorry to First Nations People on #Apology10 for #StolenGenerations . I recognize however that more Indigenous children are being removed now from their homes than during Stolen Generation, so this is not history this is the here and now too
Photo credit: Deanne Daffy
At Darebin City Council with VACCA, Link-Up, Reconciliation Victoria, Connecting Home and the Healing Foundation. Today is the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Moving & powerful. There is so much more to do. Gratitude and power to these people, organisations and the councils leading the way.
Today marks ten years since the Federal Parliament offered a formal apology to the #StolenGenerations . This was not the end of an era, but the start of a process. It was the beginning of our nation coming to terms with past policies, so we can go forward, together, in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Anglicare WA extends a hand of friendship to all Aboriginal people across our extraordinary State, and asks to walk with them towards a better future. #Apology10 📸: Anglicare WA's 2017 NAIDOC event at Maku Stadium, Kalgoorlie
“I remember exactly where I was on the day and who I was with. It was exactly like the Cathy Freeman 400 metres – you remember it very clearly. It was a recognition that a whole generation of #Aboriginal people was stolen, a recognition of the past wrongs behind the forced removals; and it was bringing to life the stories of those that were forcibly removed.” #Apology10
That was the response Jenny gave when she was asked about what the apology to the #StolenGenerations meant to her. On this 10th anniversary, we’d like to know what it meant to you. Tell us in the comments below.