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Sixty Stolen Generations members and their families from across the Kimberley region came together in the small community of Wuggubun in June 2015 to share stories, reflect and celebrate.
Many of the Elders conquered ill health and frailty to make the trip, which was organised by the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (KSGAC) and supported by the Healing Foundation.
The two-day event provided the Elders with an opportunity to spend precious time with each other. In spite of their painful shared history, the Elders’ faces filled with joy upon seeing each other.
“It was an honour to be part of the occasion and bring together our Elders in a safe and welcoming space to reconnect, relax and enjoy each other’s company,” KSGAC Chairman Mark Bin Bakar said.
Throughout the gathering, Elders and their guests took part in yarning circles, enjoyed musical entertainment, created a hand stamped banner and received a special presentation by senior Elder Sam Lovell.
KSGAC have collected the Elders’ stories and created a video of their oral histories including a recording of one Elder singing a song from their childhood.
“We must continue this program of collective healing so those who want to be involved feel part of something special,” Mr Bin Bakar said.
“After all, we inherit our Elders’ history and pain so the more we can create a sense of belonging for them the more we can all have a sense of country, family, humanity, dignity, pride and sincere love.”
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