Yarra City Council is working with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.
The Marker and surrounding garden will be a tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families and will stand as a reminder of the ongoing impacts of past racist government policies on the Aboriginal community today. It is intended to honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations as well as acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, clans and groups who seek to heal from the past. This is a crucial step for collective healing.
The Marker will be an exceptionally high-quality permanent, outdoor artwork and landscaped garden, designed by a celebrated Aboriginal artist. It will be located in Fitzroy, an area widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Victorian Aboriginal political movement and a place of special significance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Marker and garden will be a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as non-Aboriginal communities to gather, rest, remember and reflect. It will promote Aboriginal cultures as well as acknowledge the significant history of this area for Aboriginal peoples.
It is expected to be completed and launched in November 2017, to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report and the 25 year anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision.
We are seeking contributions – small, medium and large – from all sectors of the community, with the aim of raising $50,000 towards the development, fabrication and installation of the Stolen Generations Marker and landscaped gardens.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.
This project is being managed by a Steering Group comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, service providers and Yarra City Council Officers.
Find out more about the Stolen Generations Marker project at: http://yarracityarts.com.au/2016/07/29/yarra-developing-stolen-generations-marker/
Image: Archie Roach at Smith Street Dreaming 2015 courtesy Neighbourhood Justice Centre.