The Importance Of Taking Indigenous And Torres Strait Islander Children From Their Families

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Taking Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander children from their Families and put into government and church run institutions was a Government policy until the year 1969. The children were re-located from their freedom and homes in the bush with their families to live in dormitories where their hair was cut and they were dressed in clothes that the institution approved. There were many rules that the children had to obey. If they did not obey the rules then that would often lead to severe punishments. Children were often abused and the education that they received was very basic and children from the same family were separated into different institutions. Girls were trained to be Domestic servants, which then they would work in white people’s homes, which consisted of cleaning the home and taking care of their children. Boys were trained to go to work on missions or settlements. Once the children were taken from their families, the authorities would not allow the children to have any contact with their families. Often, the children were told that their families did not want them anymore or that their mothers had died. The mothers were told similar lies; that their children had died. The very few children that had contact with their families would have their letters censored. The authorities wanted all traces of the children’s Indigenous culture removed so that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eventually conform to the white society. The children would be punished…

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