Stolen Generations Collective Healing initiatives
The forced removal of Aboriginal children by the Aborigines Welfare Board under the Aborigines Protection Act had individual and widespread
impacts on families and communities. Separated parents, children and siblings experienced trauma that has been passed down and continues to
be felt today. The children removed by the Boards suffered an enduring loss of culture and belonging, with many also suffering severe abuse
and neglect. Past government actions have only responded to the symptoms of trauma.
To help address the trauma experienced by Stolen Generations survivors, as well as the intergenerational impact of this trauma, the NSW
Government has committed to deliver collective reparations through healing initiatives. This includes funding for the NSW Stolen Generations
Organisations and a Stolen Generations Healing Fund.
Stolen Generations Healing Fund
The NSW Government will establish a Stolen Generations Healing Fund of $5 million over 10 years. The Healing Fund will support collective
healing initiatives, which could include healing centres, keeping places and memorials. The Healing Fund will also need to provide
flexibility to meet future needs of Stolen Generations Survivors.
Further information will be posted on the Aboriginal Affairs website as it is available in 2018.
Stolen Generations Survivor Organisations Funding
As adults, survivors have revisited their experience and shared their understanding to support each other in the process of healing. Through
their representative Stolen Generations Organisations, survivors have developed the leadership to support their members to achieve
collective healing. The four independent NSW Stolen Generations Organisations, formed by Stolen Generations survivors, are:
- Cootamundra Girls’ Aboriginal Corporation
- Kinchela Boys’ Home Aboriginal Corporation
- Children of the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home Incorporated
- NSW/ACT Stolen Generations Council
The NSW Government recognises the important role that these Stolen Generations Organisations in NSW have played in supporting survivors and
their descendants. As part of the NSW Government response, financial support will be available to the four SGOs over the next 10 years.