The Healing Foundation is calling for urgent action to address the widespread crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The National Apology to the Stolen Generations was just one of 54 comprehensive recommendations made in the 1997 Bringing them Home report to address the impact of forced removal on the Stolen Generations and their descendants. Most have not yet been implemented.
The report highlighted that many of the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including substance abuse, mental illness and family violence are strongly associated with the forced removal of children and the subsequent failure to provide healing.
Between now and the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home report on 26 May 2017 the Healing Foundation will be raising awareness of the outstanding needs of Stolen Generations members and their descendants through a new project called Heal Our Past, Build Our Future, BTH20.
As part of this project, the Healing Foundation announced a series of grants to enable communities, Indigenous organisations and schools in each state and territory to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the report and celebrate their local Stolen Generations members.
Grants closed on Friday 24 February and the recipients will be announced soon.
To keep up to date with the project follow #BTH20
To read the Brining them Home report, click here