August 14, 2018

Supporting Stolen Generation Survivors To Heal

The Andrews Labor Government is helping survivors of the Stolen Generation and their families reconnect and heal from the trauma of the past.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins visited Connecting Home Limited (CHL) in Collingwood today to announce $975,000 to deliver a range of services for Stolen Generation survivors.

This funding increase will help CHL deliver case management services, family reunion and counselling, coordination of support groups and other healing activities.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested $1.38 million in the Healing the Stolen Generations Program, to boost services for Stolen Generations survivors and their families.

This program is part of the Labor Government’s ongoing implementation of the recommendations of the Bringing Them Home Report.

In a further boost to self-determination, CHL has also received a grant of $25,450 for minor works and upgrades as part of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program (ACIP).

The funding will improve the layout of the facility, including case manager offices and storage to prioritise clients’ privacy in a culturally safe space.

The ACIP has invested $14.6 million to build new community infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing facilities.

The Budget also invested $600,000 to support the full breadth of the Koorie Heritage Trust’s operations, including its Koorie Family History Service, which helps members of the Stolen Generations trace their family history.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins

“We acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal Victorians who seek to heal from the trauma of the past. We will continue to listen to and be guided by them on this important issue.”

“Giving Aboriginal organisations like Connecting Home Limited funding to deliver services and improve facilities gives them the ability to control and plan for their own future and to continue delivering for their community.”