City of Yarra

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Stolen Generations Marker – City of Yarra

Help us realise our community’s vision for a Stolen Generations Marker and landscaped garden in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

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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.

The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality of Melbourne which is home to a diverse community of about 86,500 people. About 19.5km2 in size, Yarra takes in the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, North Carlton, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Richmond and parts of Alphington and Fairfield.

Our vision is for arts and culture to be integrated into our City so that it can be an everyday experience that is enjoyed by all of our community; whether as makers, audience members or participants.

Council takes our role as a leader and custodian for Yarra’s creative community seriously and recognises the value of the creative identity that has developed in our City over the past decades. This is something that defines what our City is and is a priority area for Council action. Arts and cultural activities are valuable to our community and to those who live, work in and visit our City. Arts and culture are fundamental to a society that prides itself on diversity. Freedom of expression, experimentation and critical dialogue are invaluable and must be supported.

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra and Council recognises them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land.

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