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"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

First Star over the bush

First Star over the bush

Further than the eye can see

Further than the eye can see

Heading North

Heading North

Kimberley Table Top

Kimberley Table Top

Macdonald Ranges crest

Macdonald Ranges crest

Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Pink and Greys out back

Pink and Greys out back

River Gums in Flood

River Gums in Flood

Saltbush in the river bed

Saltbush in the river bed

Sunset on the plateau

Sunset on the plateau

Moorditj Mural

ALSWA historical mural by David Wirrpanda Foundation and Central Institute of Technology Solid Futures participants with Artist Peter Farmer 2010

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Sorry Day 2013 - Acknowledging and respecting our Stolen Generations

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Sorry Day 2013 – Acknowledging and respecting our Stolen Generations 

26 May 2013 

        

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA) urged fair minded Australians to learn about the wrongs of the past and acknowledge our Stolen Generations for their strength and resilience.

ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington said the forced removal of children had created a tragic inter-generational legacy for many Aboriginal people, the effects of which are still evident today.

“Many of the clients accessing ALSWA’s services have been personally affected through removal policies of the past, and I have no doubt that this continues to contribute to the spiralling over-representation of Aboriginal people within the court and prisons systems” said Mr. Eggington.

He said that Sorry Day, held annually on 26th May, played an important role in maintaining a focus upon our Stolen Generations, their heartache, courage and resilience.

“Family is so important in our Culture and it is an absolute tragedy that so many of our families have been fractured.  We can’t turn back the hands of time, but as a maturing nation, we can certainly do everything in our power to ensure that our true history is acknowledged, wrongs of the past are addressed and that history can never repeat itself”.

ALSWA has worked closely with members of the Stolen Generations, most recently in the landmark 2013 Stolen Generations case (with Lavan Legal) in the Supreme Court of WA on behalf of parents and their seven children who were removed between 1958 and 1961.  Prior to this, ALSWA assisted over 1000 people in lodging applications in the (now closed) Redress WA scheme, which compensated those who were abused while in State care.

Mr. Eggington said that all Australians could learn from our Stolen Generations.  “There are so many stories to be shared and the compassion and strength of our Stolen Generations in the face of such adversity is testament to the resilience of our First Nations Peoples”.