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Members of the Yoorrook Justice Commission. Provided by Porter Novelli

First Peoples in Victoria have a right to the truth about the impact of colonisation

Formal hearings of the Yoorrook Justice Commission have begun in Melbourne. This is the first Indigenous-led justice commission of this kind in the world.
Children display banners at the Redfern Community Centre after watching the live telecast of the formal Apology to the Stolen Generations. Wikimedia

Stolen Generation redress scheme won’t reach everyone affected by the policies that separated families

Recently, the Commonwealth government created a redress scheme to compensate Stolen Generations survivors. But more needs to be done to address the trauma.
Lockdowns meant First Nations people were disconnected from family for Sorry Business and attending community gatherings. Darren England/AAP

COVID-19 restrictions have left many Stolen Generations survivors more isolated without adequate support

In a survey of Stolen Generation survivors, two-thirds reported a decline in their physical health as a result of COVID restrictions, while 75% reported a decline in their mental health and wellbeing.
Big Elders meetings are conducted annually in Perth as part of community consultation and governance for the Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children Our Heart) project. Provided by author

Thirteen years after ‘Sorry’, too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are still being removed from their homes

We need to stop taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children out of their homes and listen to elders instead.
Child protection services must be culturally safe and responsive to the Aboriginal children and families they serve. Jodie Griggs / Getty Images

First Nations families need support to stay together, before we create another Stolen Generation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are increasingly being removed from their families and placed into out-of-home care, raising concerns of another Stolen Generation.
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Indigenous children are leaving out-of-home care to uncertain futures. This is the support they need

Our study of Indigenous young people leaving out-of-home care has identified major deficits in programs designed to help them transition to adulthood.
Children at Norseman Mission. The author’s mum, Violet Newman is in the middle row on the far left. Image from the collection of Elsie Lambadgee (dec.)

Friday essay: back to Moore River and finding family

Aileen Marwung Walsh’s grandparents were sent to the Moore River Native Settlement, of Rabbit Proof Fence infamy, half a century ago. In 2018, 100 years after the settlement’s founding, she returned.
The most commonly criticised feature of the bill is the arbitrary maximum period of two years within which a decision about permanent placement has to be made. Shutterstock

Why controversial child protection reforms in NSW could lead to another Stolen Generation

One of the state’s most significant powers is the ability to remove children from their families. Potential reforms in NSW could expand this already racialised power in frightening ways.
Brenda L. Croft. shut/mouth/scream (detail) 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery

Defying Empire: the legacy of 1967

The National Gallery of Australia’s Third National Indigenous Art Triennial presents a passionate well-considered argument for an enduring Aboriginal culture.
The relationship between Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and non-indigenous population has never been an equal one. AAP Image/Adam Gartrell

Canada’s progress shows indigenous reconciliation is a long-term process

The relationship between Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and non-indigenous population has never been an equal one, even though the 1982 national constitution recognises Aboriginal rights.

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