Date: 
Tuesday 2 August 2011

The Australian Human Rights Commission would like to acknowledge the contributions made to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the late Lola Edwards (McNaughton).

Commission President Catherine Branson QC said Ms Edwards was a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families.

Ms Edwards was a member of the Stolen Generations and spent a significant amount of time at the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home in NSW.

She was a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council to the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families’ led by former Human Rights Commissioner and Commission President, the late Sir Ronald Wilson, and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Dodson.

Ms Edwards played a critical role in ensuring the stories of the Stolen Generations were heard.
The Commission’s 1997 report ‘Bringing Them Home’ was the result of this Inquiry.

Her contribution to this Inquiry, along with her lifetime of advocacy, has contributed to ensuring that this part of Australia’s history is acknowledged and known by all Australians.

The Commission would like to express its condolences to the family of Ms Edwards and acknowledge her lifetime commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – particularly those of the Stolen Generations.

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