News for The Guardian: Not All Stolen Generations are Indigenous!

The Guardian is to be congratulated on its article about the added disadvantage experienced by First Australians who are also from Stolen Generations. Here is the link to the article.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/13/trauma-and-poverty-transferred-directly-to-children-of-stolen-generations-study

I’m so tired of repeating this, but could the journalists out there please consult the Senate Report 2004?

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/report/index

Have a look at the statistics in the report. Please. 

How many Forgotten Australians were indigenous?

The report says 30,000, if my memory is correct.

How many Forgotten Australians were not indigenous?

The answer appears to be around 470,000 Australians and British Child Migrants.

Why do we know about indigenous stolen generations, and not non-indigenous stolen generations?

Because unlike our indigenous brothers and sisters, non-indigenous FAs and their families rarely have any family connections at all! In our case, my father-in-law was an illegal immigrant from Yugoslavia. He left behind another wife and family, some of whom eventually made their way to Australia. They didn’t contact us. Lew never spoke his father’s language, nor knew any of the relatives on his father’s side. His father told him some stories in broken English about his Macedonian history, on the few occasions they had an opportunity to converse. His mother was rejected by her family for marrying a ‘wog’. But the Aboriginal community in Tully befriended her. Some more of that friendship is needed now.

Lew and I were in our mid-40s before we encountered any other people who had been stolen children. Their circumstances met all the same criteria; these children had been taken for spurious reasons. Their children, like ours and those of Stolen Generation First Australians, all suffered inter-generational trauma.

FICH members were mostly non-indigenous, but some First Australians expressed interest. Our meetings with inmates at Wacol Correctional Centre featured long talks with First Australians. The one whose art is featured in an earlier post told Lew and me that he was rejected after he left the Homes. He said it was worse, having been stolen, than having been indigenous. Nobody listened to him, or us, in 1993.

This post is a call to First Australians as well as to journalists. Please publicize the Alliance for Forgotten Australians’ campaign Still Waiting for Justice.

Ma’am, I don’t know you but I was sent your photo by the Alliance for Forgotten Australians Still Waiting for Justice campaign. The sadness in your face is so intense that I can only look at your image for a short time. I respect you so much for allowing your spiritual depths to be on show, just like Lew’s depths were on show whenever he appeared on the media. Please know that you deserve to be heard. I, for one, am listening. One of my kids still can’t look at the photos of Lew. She did manage to look at the photo on the memorial, and loved it. One day when our pain is not so raw, we might tell our stories, like First Australians do.

It’s too late for Lewis Blayse. He died in the attempt to be heard. It’s too late for his family. We remain shattered and not speaking to each other, with one exception, and she suffers so much I can’t bear to talk about it.

Please, First Australians and Australian Media, do something about this for all the FA families living in quiet despair.

cheers

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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