Stolen Generation In Australia

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Australia is the nation built on the principles of freedom and equality for everybody, but this is not true for Aboriginal people – the first owners of this land. From 1909 to 1969, the Australian government implemented the policy that forced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to leave their parents’ arms in order to assimilate these children and declared that they were adequately protected and given a better life (Reconciliaction, 2007). The statistics of the Bringing Them Home report suggests that there were about one-tenth and one-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children taken away from their families (Bringing Them Home, 1997, p. 31). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children separated from their families were called the “stolen generations” (Australia Human Rights Commission, 2012). These children had to live in poor conditions, poor quality and received a strange…show more content…
Because these children were separated from their families too soon, most of them grew up without knowing their family background, had no racial or cultural consciousness and even did not know who their parents were. According to the Professor Robert Manne’s estimate, there were about 25,000 children separated from their parents and no family could escape from the forcible policy at that time (Australia Human Rights Commission, 2012). For example, John Moriarty, one of the members of the stolen generations, was removed from his mother at the age of four (McMahon, 2008). He was banned from using his Yanyuwa language and returning home (2008). He said that he was deprived of his family’s love, his culture, and his bonds of his ancestors’ land through thousands of generations (2008). This suggests that the government should allocate money to establish seeking services helping the stolen generations’ members reunite with their
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