Pacific Islands Council of South Australia
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Stolen Generation awareness Initiative
The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen Children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. These Acts were in place from 1910 to 1970. These children, known as the Stolen Generation, were often under five years of age. They were taken away from their families because the government did not believe in the future of the Aborigines. They thought it would be better to bring them to white families. Aunty Mona Olsson is Yankunytjatjara women from Mimili in the APY lands. Aunty Mona was visiting families in Ernabella as a five year old when she was taken away by police. The Pacific Islands Community of South Australia is privileged to be given an opportunity to learn about this piece of Australian history through the eyes of Aunty Mona. This gathering was held in a place called Colebrook, (now Reconciliation Park) along Shepherds hill rd., Eden Hill, an old venue for the stolen generation children. Aunty Mona had lived in Colebrook in her mid-teens. Thank you aunty Mona for your story of courage, determination and forgiveness.
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