The stolen generation

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The stolen generation

  1. 1. ABORIGINALS! BY LACEY PAAKA
  2. 2. Aboriginal people have been living continuously in Australia for more than 50,000 years.
  3. 3. From the 1890s till 1970s approximately 100,000 aboriginal children were taken away from their families and made wards of the state.
  4. 4. Many children were fostered or adopted after spending time in the children's home.
  5. 5. Children were bought up ‘white’ and taught to reject their aboriginality.
  6. 6. From 1909 to 1969 governments, churches and welfare bodies were able to take aboriginal children away.
  7. 7. These children were bought up in institutions or fostered out to white families.
  8. 8. THESE CHILDREN ARE KNOWN AS THE STOLEN GENERATION!
  9. 9. One of many places, children from the stolen generation were forced to live in very poor conditions.
  10. 10. Aboriginal children were taken from their families from all over Australia.
  11. 11. NATIONAL SORRY DAY!
  12. 12. The national sorry day is held on the 26th of May each year since 1988.
  13. 13. The Australian government Kevin Rudd said sorry on the 13th of February 2008. The prime minister Kevin Rudd offered a broad apology to all the aboriginals and the stolen generation for their profound grief, suffering and loss.
  14. 14. The governments truly believed the stolen generation was the absolute right thing to do.
  15. 15. Aboriginals had NO choice but to follow the ‘white’ culture.
  16. 16. Most of the stolen children were raised in a church. Some were fostered or adopted by ‘white’ parents. They were totally cut off from their aboriginality.
  17. 17. The children were not aloud to go home and their parents received no encouragement to visit.
  18. 18. Brothers and sisters might see each other every two or three years but often not at all though. They were punished when they were caught talking their aboriginal language.
  19. 19. Some children never learned anything traditional and received a little bit of education. But some aboriginal children learned no education.
  20. 20. Instead the girls were trained to be domestic servants and the boys to be stockmen.
  21. 21. Many suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse. Food and living conditions were very poor for the aboriginal children.
  22. 22. One man stated that he was kept locked up in a shed for several days and told to eat hay.
  23. 23. The girls were slaves that needed to scrub, iron, wash and sew or they worked on vegetable gardens or dairy farms.
  24. 24. Many children believed that their parents hadn’t been able to care for them or their parents didn’t want them.
  25. 25. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING BY LACEY P

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