Date: 
Monday 8 January 2018

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO hopes a new interactive website about the Stolen Generations will be a critical resource in classrooms around the country.

Commissioner Oscar said the Bringing them Home Report released 20 years ago, remains one of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s most significant pieces of work.

“As we know, teaching Indigenous content in schools is particularly important, not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who need to see their culture respected and valued in the classroom; but equally for all children to learn the true history of this country.

“It is through telling these stories that our families might begin to heal, and that all Australians might begin to understand how our past is so intimately connected to our future,” she said.

Commissioner Oscar paid tribute to members of the Stolen Generations and thanked them for their ongoing strength.

“Our country needs to hear your stories and we will keep telling them,” she said.

The Human Rights Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM said the Bringing them Home report played an important role in educating Australians about the Stolen Generations.

She said the new website will continue that process.

“The website features information about the Bringing them Home report and personal stories from members of the Stolen Generations and their families in an engaging and accessible way,” she said.

The website and resources have been produced in partnership with the peak body, Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat or AbSec.

The new website is at https://bth.humanrights.gov.au/