The Stolen Generation : Aboriginal And Aboriginal

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The Stolen Generation refers to the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and assimilated into European communities between 1880 and 1970. These children were made to adopt white culture in attempt to allow aboriginal people to “die out”, through forced rejection of their heritage and banning the use of their own language. Children faced physical, psychological and sexual abuse, sexual and labour exploitation, racism, grief, and suffering. Between 1 in 10 and 3 in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were taken by government, church, or welfare authorities and placed into institutional or foster care with non-Indigenous families. Authorities were able to remove Aboriginal children it was thought that through assimilation into the European communities would improve the lives of these children. Children were considered ‘easier’ to assimilate as they couldn’t just return home, in particular ‘half-caste’ children of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage. Assimilation claimed to benefit the lives of Indigenous Australians, but it failed as white societies refused to accept Indigenous people as equals, despite being forced to live as white people. Although it is undeniable that stealing Indigenous children violated basic human rights and caused extreme trauma and suffering to individuals, families, and communities, however non-Indigenous Australians wanted to ‘breed-out’ Indigenous Australians,
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