Compensation for the forgotten Stolen Gen members in Vic, before it's too late!
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My name is Daria Atkinson and through my position as Bringing Them Home Worker at the Victorian Aboriginal health Service and from personal experience, I believe compensation is well overdue for members of the Stolen Generation.
It is time to make things right with this forgotten group of people in Victoria who have suffered many traumas.
Unfortunately, many Stolen Gen members may never see compensation, as they are an aging group. The Stolen Generations are in need of healing and reparation for the forced traumatic lifestyle, which not only they have lived but has been passed on to many generations after them….. and many more to come.
On the 26th of May, 2017 which was the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home (BTH) report, 350 Community members including Elders from the Stolen Generation gathered to commiserate, remember and acknowledge the suffering and survival. When you get a chance to have a yarn with a member of the Stolen Generation, you can here from them the pain is raw and their experience is still effecting them today. It's very emotional.
Of the 54 recommendations made in the BTH report, only a very small number were implemented. In other states, Stolen Gen members have received compensation for being forcibly removed by government polices but, not in Victoria as yet! It's as if the Stolen Generation didn't happen here.
This petition is a call to action to the Victorian Government to address the ongoing effects of past removal policies in Victoria and the lack of implementation of recommendations to address the members of The Stolen Generations.
Its time NOW, for our Victorian Elders to receive compensation. It will never take away the stress and trauma but would aid their healing process.
*Please note: We plan to present this petition to Daniel Andrews over dinner with members of the Stolen Generation.
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