Social And Cultural Identities Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Children

1272 Words Apr 29th, 2015 6 Pages
In the 1900s thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were dispossessed and put into missions. The act of dispossession is to forcibly remove an Indigenous person from their land, this is what happened to these children, but not only were they removed from their land, but also their families. This was extremely harmful to the children as although they gained a higher education than many other Indigenous people they missed out on learning about their cultural heritage, which is a fundamental part of Indigenous identity. Claire Henty-Gebert’s social and cultural identities have been negatively affected through the removal of her from her family and the moving around she had to do as she grew up in the mission she was placed in, though not all of her experiences were negative. Although Claire did not have a negative experience in her mission, the restrictions and laws that the mission forced the children to abide by were harmful to her, it can also be questioned whether the good experiences she gained from the mission were worth the negative parts. It took away her identity as an Aboriginal person as they were not allowed to speak of their heritage or in their native language and she was affected socially as she did not have any parental figures in her life. Whilst these all had a harmful affect Claire had many positive experiences while in the mission, she received an education and made many friends.

Claire Henty-Gebert essentially had her cultural…

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