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The Centralian advocate Tue 23 May 2006



The Centralian advocate Tue 23 May 2006


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Community newspapers; Northern Territory; Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.); Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.); Australia, Central

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 59 no. 105

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 21 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 23 -M A Y -2 00 6 PA G E : 21 C O L O R : C M Y K Providing the necessary links to find family HELPING to reunite Aboriginal people taken from their families when they were children is the job of the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation Link-Up Service. A national inquiry in 1995 culminated in a report in 1997 called Bringing Them Home. This report suggestedmany things to be done and while not all of them have been completed, some progress has been made. The Link-Up Service helps Aboriginal people find their family, their place and home by searching through government and institution records about their past and where they originally came from. During a family reunion, clients are given guidance, support and peace of mind. The reunionmayalso includea return to country. All this is providedby the link-up service. It also gives referrals to other service agencies, research and access to records that can help with contacting family. The national aim of the Link-Up service is: To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families under the past laws, practices and policies of Australian governments, to undertake family tracing and reunion initiatives. Formore information about this service, call 8953 3899 or visit the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation Link-Up Service office at 86 Hartley Street. Join in walk to remember past wrongs Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation chairman Allan Oopy Campbell (left), Janis Stanton, Lisa Albert, Weeza Randall, Craig Gallagher and Don Mallard outside the Hartley Street office. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON MANY people know about the Stolen Generations, but what is not always known is the number of Aboriginal people affected by previous government removal policies. From 1910 to 1970 up to 100,000 Aboriginal children were taken from their families as a result of government policies and actions. Mostwereunder the age of six, and put in church missions, state institutions, adopted or fostered to nonAboriginal families. The government policy denied these children contact with their families and their Aboriginal heritage and culture. There are cases where children who were removed from their families were sent away as far as Israel and Great Britain. Searching Around 200 people inCentral Aust ralia are still searching for their true families and culture through the link-up service operated by the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation. The search for the connection to a persons true family can be long and painstaking. Successful connection means a family reunion, and wherever possible, a return to country to help the person connect with their rightful heritage. A national inquiry set up in 1995 culminated in the 1997 report Bringing Them Home, which found that the Stolen Generation was a gross violation of human rights. These violations were found to have continued well after Australia had undertaken international human rights commitments. The report made a total of 54 recommendations, including acknowledgement and apology by governments and institutions concerned, restitution, rehabilitation and compensation. Not all the recommendations have been implemented. While theNTGovernmentmade a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generation in 2001, no such apology has been made by the Commonwealth Government. A l l a n Oop y Campb e l l , CASG&FAC chairman, said: The difficulties faced by members of the Stolen Generations have not been resolved and the matter might have to be taken to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Each year on May 26, Sorry Day remembers the Stolen Generations and promotes reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia. This year on Friday, May 26, CASG&FAChas organised awalk in town, starting under the sails in ToddMall at 10am and ending in the park at the site of the old hospital (on the corner of Gap Road and Stuart Terrace). The walk will end with a free sausage sizzle. There will be information displays about the link-up service, the Stolen Generations and Sorry Day. The theme inAlice Springs for this years Sorry Day is Moving Forward, But Looking Back, focussing on the future but remembering what had gone on in the past.