A statement from The Healing Foundation Board Chair, Professor Steve Larkin in relation to The Guardian Australia ‘Buried Lives’

  • On Thursday 7 September 2023, The Guardian Australia broke a series of stories revealing a state government report of the Kinchela Boys’ Home site, on the mid north coast of New South Wales, that detailed anomalies in the ground consistent with clandestine burials.
  • We understand the sensitivities of the situation unfolding, impacting the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation in Kempsey and that it continues to cause significant trauma and harm whilst survivor healing needs remain unmet.
  • The Healing Foundation will be doing what we can to support the needs of survivors, we will be taking our lead directly from survivors and their community.
  • We will also do our utmost to ensure the process required to progress the addressing of outstanding report recommendations, is conducted in a way that is sensitive, tells the truth, does no further harm and provides the opportunity for survivor-led healing to occur.



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