What is the Historical Records Taskforce?
The 1997 Bringing Them Home (BTH) Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families highlighted that access to individual and family Stolen Generations records was essential to locating and reunifying families.
Improved access to and better preservation of records relating to stolen children and separated families is a key part of The Healing Foundation’s Make Healing Happen initiative, which sets out a clear plan of action.
From this initiative, The Healing Foundation’s Historical Records Taskforce was established to further the original recommendations of the 1997 Bringing Them Home report and provide advice to government on ensuring better access to historical records.
The objective of the Stolen Generations Historical Records Taskforce is to promote healing for Stolen Generations survivors and descendants by collaborating to improve access to and management and preservation of Stolen Generations records. This involves:
- Advocating for records processes and decision-making that are:
- nationally consistent
- trauma-aware and healing-informed
- informed by national and international practice
- Building sector capacity/capability and cross-sectoral partnerships
- Promoting and problem solving in relation to particular types of records.