Stolen Generation

New foster care laws in the NT transfers parental rights to a third party until the child is 18

An Aboriginal peak body has concerns about a new 'permanent care order' that transfers parental rights to carers. The government says the new 'permanent care orders' would be in effect until the child was 18 and are designed to provide a more stable upbringing for children unable to live at home. It is virtually the same as adoption without changing the child's surname, birth certificate, birthrights or entitlements. SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten said the new laws could mean that children become lost in the system. Read more about New foster care laws in the NT transfers parental rights to a third party until the child is 18

Grandmothers protest worst ever stealing of Australian Aboriginal children

On the 13th February, 2014, Grandmothers Against Removals protested in front of Parliament house, Canberra. "Today we march in protest against the unprecedented theft of Aboriginal children from their families by so-called "Child Protection" agencies across Australia. We are in urgent need of protection from the criminal actions of these Departments, who persecute Aboriginal families and mobilise police to terrorise children with forced removals. More Aboriginal children are forcibly separated from their families at this moment than at any time in history. - Diet Simon writes Read more about Grandmothers protest worst ever stealing of Australian Aboriginal children

First Nations unite to expose the breaches of human rights and self-determination

The Freedom Movement held a Sit-In at Parliament House on 27 January, 2015. - There is no greater rights struggle than the Aboriginal rights struggle. It is a human rights struggle where not only the First Peoples of this continent were violently and murderously dispossessed of their lands but since the advent of British colonialism onto their shores they were subjected to segregation, apartheid and the systematic destruction of their cultures and languages – more than 350 First Peoples' nations and languages have been impacted. Read more about First Nations unite to expose the breaches of human rights and self-determination

Shocking abuses at Christian Missions and Government 'Homes'

Children were "chained like dogs" and sexually assaulted at a government-run home for Aboriginal children in Darwin, a child sex abuse inquiry has heard.
A former resident of the Retta Dixon home in Darwin told the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. First Nations girls were chained to their beds, starved and flogged with leather belts until they bled, as punishment at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin. Read more about Shocking abuses at Christian Missions and Government 'Homes'

First Nations jazz singer finds stolen family in North West WA

Lois Olney was always told her mother had put her up for adoption, but a note scrawled on a pie wrapper and passed to her while singing on stage gave the first inkling she was stolen as a baby. Lois discovered her extended family in Roebourne Western Australia.

Lois had been adopted by the Olney family, with her adoptive father being Howard Olney who went on to become a state Labor politician, and then a Justice of the Supreme Court. Read more about First Nations jazz singer finds stolen family in North West WA

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