The NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the Stolen Generations to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package worth more than $73 million to survivors, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has announced today.
The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors, a healing fund to address intergenerational trauma, and direct financial support for survivors’ groups form the foundation of the NSW Government’s response to the Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations.
Mrs Williams, who delivered an apology to the Stolen Generations in June, said the NSW Government’s response tabled today in the NSW Parliament goes beyond mere words to deliver a comprehensive package of support backed by more than $73 million in funding.
“With this response, the NSW Government officially acknowledges the real and heartbreaking trauma caused by historic government policies and practices of removing Aboriginal children from their kin and country,” Mrs Williams said.
“We have accepted the vast majority of the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations and together with the Premier I will establish a Stolen Generations advisory committee to ensure our response is implemented swiftly, effectively and respectfully but most importantly in partnership with Aboriginal people.
“A Stolen Generations reparations scheme will offer payments to survivors without the need for a lengthy and arduous legal process and a $5 million Stolen Generations healing fund will seek to address the impacts of trauma not only for survivors but also for their families, descendants and communities.
“It is my sincerest hope that by acknowledging the wrongs of the past and providing enduring and meaningful support for the future, we can avoid such a tragedy ever being repeated.”
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