Aboriginal Generations: The Tragedy Of Australia's Stolen Generation

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Australia’s Stolen Generation was a traumatizing event that took place starting in the early 1700’s and continues on to this very day. This situation is one where children were unjustifiably taken from their families and culture. This tragedy is perceived differently by two factions. The Australian government, viewing it as the protection of innocent souls from unfit living conditions. The Aboriginal population, on the other hand, views it as the government attempting to control their every move, to sooner or later get rid of them. In the meantime forcing them into homes that will educate them and their children to live the “white man’s” way. This is a recipe for disaster because the government is assuming that people will easily adapt to a wholly new culture and a new way of living. But to understand this tragedy, you have to take a look at the history of the people.
Aboriginal people live with the land, not off of it. As Tom Dystra, an aborigine, states ‘we cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white
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What aboriginal people expected, ended up being their worst nightmare. They had no education on how to maintain their homes, they were absolutely clueless. This was a totally different routine, a way of living. They had always lived with the land, and now, they just have to live off of it? It was absurd, it wasn’t history, and it wasn’t culture. Trying to get settled in and accustomed to their new “resources” was a daily struggle that caused stress among neighbors, families, and culture. Did the government merely assumed that living the way they lived was simple, and harmless toward the aboriginal people? They should have known that regular daily life wasn’t nearly as close and they weren’t accustom to maintaining a “white man’s” home. Living with the land didn’t require them to clean as much as they would have to now. This is something the government should have expected, and been prepared for (Film,

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