A excellent, true and sad film based on a book about aboriginal children who were taken from their mothers as part of Australian policy until 1970. This is the story of three little girls who were taken from their mother , escaped and walked 2000 km back home. It's hard to imagine that this was official government policy until recently in what was termed a 'civilized country'. While discrimination exists and has existed well past the 'end of slavery' and the atrocities against Native Americans, we in the US at least did not have laws which were official government policy enforcing discrimination. I had no idea official discrimation was being practiced as late as this in a country such as Australia.
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THE STOLEN GENERATIONS
Some Questions and Answers
What are the Stolen Generations?
The Stolen Generations is the name generally given to Aboriginal people – mainly those with some non-Aboriginal ancestry – who were removed from their families as children and sent to institutions or adopted into non-Aboriginal families as a result of government policies now recognised as misguided and destructive.
Because in the vast majority of cases, agents of government used compulsion, duress or undue pressure to remove these children from their mothers and communities. Sometimes the police would simply remove the child by force. Sometimes subterfuge was used. Sometimes the mother would be persuaded to sign a document of which she had little understanding, and certainly no concept that she was allowing her child to be entirely separated from her for many years.
Because authorities began removing Aboriginal children early in the nineteenth century, and the practice went on into the 1970s.
How many children were taken?
The best estimates are between 45 000 and 55 000 children, mainly between 1910 and 1970.