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Reclaiming Indigenous Australian identity: personal perspectives

These stories examine some of the consequences to individuals’ lives of the segregation and disempowerment of Indigenous Australians. The removal of Aboriginal children – an ongoing practice that did not span just one generation but many – had a particularly devastating effect on Indigenous identity and suffering.

It was also only one aspect of a much broader undermining of Indigenous culture and disempowerment of Indigenous people in Australia since white settlement.

How were Indigenous war veterans deprived of their identity?

Back to Being Black

John Lovett

Recommended for Year 9, 10 and 11. John talks about his father's experience of fighting in World War I in the 15th Machine Gun Battalion in 1917 and his bitter experience of not being honoured upon his return to Australia.

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What is the 'Stolen Generation'?

From the Beginning to the Resistances

Mick Edwards

Mick Edwards talks of his life before he was taken from his family by the authorities in the 1960s. He was separated from his siblings and passed from institution to institution.

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What were the emotional impacts of the removal policies on Indigenous children?

I'm Home

Ron Briggs

Ronald talks about his family and his removal from his parents in early childhood. He describes his emotions growing up separated from his family and his need to reconnect with his family and culture.

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