Stolen Generation Research Paper

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STOLEN GENERATION (1909-1969) Stolen Generation is what it was called until the 1970s Indigenous children were removed from their families by the Australian Federal State & Territory Government Agency’s & church missions. The children that were removed were taken to Institutions or adopted by non-Indigenous people, The children’s families & community were not allowed to visit the children. Nearly every Aboriginal family & community was affected by these children being removed. In the early 1900s the Australian public was made to believe that the Indigenous children were at risk & disadvantaged by being in their own community, by not having a good education if any & the government thought they could offer them a better education, a civilized…show more content…
During that time the children were taken in some states or territories indigenous children were often trained as farm hands, laborer or domestic servants, until they turned 14 years old, then they were sent out to work. For most of the children that were taken away from their parents they are encouraged to abandon & deny their own Aboriginal heritage & language so they use the English language & western values. Many of the children in foster care & the institutions continued to struggle to get past their experiences, the trauma, the loss of their families & community, the isolation& often the abuses they turned adult age. Very few Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families unfortunately didn’t escape the impact of having their children removed with the end result being deep sorrow, psychological & health issues. In 2008 8% of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 & over had been removed from their families, 12% of people aged 45 & over had gone through the trauma of being separated from those aged between 15 & 44, 7% of those had personally experienced removal from their families, 35% of those removed had their health assessed as fair to poor & 39% experienced high to very high…show more content…
In 1988 the first Royal Commission started out examining 44 specific cases, but that quickley grew to 99 , 32 in WA, 27 in QLD, 21 in SA & NT & 19 across NSW, VIC & TAS.A national deaths in custody program was set up by the Australian Institute of Criminology. A death in custody can affect so many people from a community as it was written in a few articles that the Police had beaten the Aboriginal offenders & some would spend up to a week in hospital recovering from the injuries, it is also alleged that police would use more force when they attended a drunk Aboriginal person. Everyone is affected as Aboriginal sees their community asw family & when someone dies in custody they would want answers, but couldn’t really get any. In todays time Deaths in custody still happens but not often. Some Indigenous people these days are still at risk of dying in custody as they remember or have family members or friends that have died in custody & their families fear for their safety while they are in custody. Th3ere are a lot of people that are still emotionally affected by Deaths in custody, it has really affected so many. There are counsellors qualified to help them but a lot of people don’t go as they see it as it’s not how they deal with things

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