Help us realise our community’s vision for a Stolen Generations Marker in Fitzroy.
Yarra City Council is collaborating with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to honour the struggles and resilience of the Stolen Generations**.
Together we’re developing a Stolen Generations Marker and garden that will honour their stories and become a place for collective healing. The Marker and garden will be located in Fitzroy, a gathering place where Aboriginal people came to find and reconnect with family.
We are seeking contributions – small, medium and large – from all sectors of the community, with the aim of raising $50,000 towards the development, fabrication and installation of the Stolen Generations Marker and garden. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
About the Stolen Generations Marker and Garden
The Stolen Generations Marker and garden will be a permanent tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families. It will stand as a reminder of the ongoing impacts of past racist government policies on the Aboriginal community today.
The Marker is intended to honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations and to acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, clans and groups who seek to heal from the past. The project will also promote awareness of the Stolen Generations in the broader community. This is a crucial step for collective healing.
The project is being managed by a Steering Group comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, service providers and Council Officers.
The Maker is expected to be completed in November 2017, to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report and the 25 year anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision.
Share your stories, suggestions, comments or feedback with the project team at StolenGenerationsMarker@yarracity.vic.gov.au
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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community shared thoughts, ideas and stories by participating in our community survey and conversations about the Stolen Generations Marker over an eight week period from 25 July to 19 September 2016. The feedback received from this consultation will help inform the design of the Marker.
In October 2016 we sought Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with links to Victoria to submit proposals to create the Stolen Generations Marker. Five of these artists were invited to develop concept designs for the project. The successful artist will be announced after further consultation with the community.
Stolen Generations Marker Steering Group
Colin Hunter Jnr, Aboriginal Partnerships Officer/ Wurundjeri Elder, Yarra City Council; John Dommett, Chief Executive Officer, Connecting Home Ltd; Daniel Ducrou, Special Projects Officer, Yarra City Council; Lorina Lovett, Parkies representative, Parkies Inc.; Joboy Morgan, Parkies Representative; Bev Murray, Program Manager, Link-Up Victoria/VACCA; Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer, Yarra City Council; Ros Sultan, Indigenous Engagement & Training Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence; Jason Tamiru, Development Officer, Yarra City Council; Lisa Zammit, Operations Manager, Connecting Home Ltd.
Yarra City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Owners of this country, pays tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Yarra, and gives respect to Elders past and present. Further to this, Council acknowledges the other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have lived in, worked in, and contributed to the cultural heritage of Yarra.
We pay tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families, to those that made it home, to those who are still searching and to those who didn’t make it home and rest in the dreaming with their family and ancestors.
**The Stolen Generations refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were forcibly removed under past racist government policies from family, community, traditional culture and country. The Stolen Generations can also refer to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples who were placed in care and denied their family, community, traditional culture and country.
Image: Archie Roach at Smith Street Dreaming 2015 courtesy Neighbourhood Justice Centre.