Yarra is working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker

January 31, 2017

Yarra Mayor Councillor Amanda Stone said the Marker, to be installed 20 years after the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Bringing Them Home report, will be a tribute to the struggles of the Stolen Generations and their families.

“The Stolen Generations Marker is intended to honour and acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, clans and groups who seek to heal from past hurt and injustices,” Cr Stone said.

“The idea for the Marker came about through Council’s ongoing work and engagement with the Aboriginal community over many years. Now we’re proud to be collaborating with Aboriginal community leaders and organisations to create a tribute that will be sensitive and meaningful.

“Fitzroy has long been a significant area for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Many Aboriginal people came here to find and reconnect with their family.

“When the Marker and gardens are completed, hopefully by the end of this year, we expect that they will become a place for quiet reflection, remembering and healing,” Cr Stone said.

Bev Murray from the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is on the Steering Group for the project.

“The Stolen Generations Marker acknowledges a time in the not-too-distant history of this country when our people were slowly being wiped out, when we had no rights and when we were treated by successive governments as less than human,” said Ms Murray.

“The Stolen Generations Marker should be seen as belonging to all of us. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people need to be equal partners in working together to heal from the past and move into the future to build an inclusive and caring society that respects all cultures, from the cultures of the First Peoples to the new ones being welcomed into Australia today,” she said.

The Aboriginal artist who will create the Stolen Generations Marker and the exact location of the marker and garden will be announced soon.

The Stolen Generations Marker project is an action in Yarra Council’s Aboriginal Partnerships Plan 2015-18.

On 26 January the City of Yarra ran a successful Reconciliation Comedy Gala, hosted by Uncle Jack Charles to raise funds for the Marker project.

Project partners: Wurundjeri Tribe Council, Link-Up Victoria, Connecting Home, and Brotherhood of St Lawrence.

Be part of this historic project – contribute today! To make a donation and to find out more about the project, visit www.yarracityarts.com.au/marker

Last Updated: March 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm