As part of Hume City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022 commitments, Council is working in partnership with the community to develop and install a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.
- The Marker will pay tribute to the Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and denied their identity, family, traditional culture and country through race-based policies implemented by State and Federal Governments between 1910 and the 1970s.
- The Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across the nation and will serve as a reminder about the terrible injustice caused by successive governments on Aboriginal people and the impacts it is still causing today.
- Hume City Council is committed to recognising the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families impacted by these past policies, and the installation of a permanent Marker will serve to provide a place for Stolen Generations and all Australians to reflect on historical wrongs and help our communities to find a sense of peace, identity and belonging.
- The location of the Stolen Generations Marker will be determined through a consultation process with members of the Stolen Generations and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and especially those that have a strong connection to the area. As part of Hume City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2022 commitments, Council is undertaking a project to develop a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in the Hume area.
Current status of project:
Throughout November 2020, Hume sought feedback from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community regarding their preferred location for the Marker. Guided by the Stolen Generations Marker Working Group, a location will be endorsed by Council in early 2021.
More information about the consultation can be found here.
Artist selection process
An artist Expression of Interest (EOI) process was recently undertaken and closed on 30 November 2020. In 2021, a group of shortlisted artists will progress to stage 2 and be funded to develop concepts for the Marker, under the guidance of the Stolen Generations Marker Working Group.
If you’re interested in confidentially sharing your stories, suggestions, comments or feedback please contact the project team on the details below:
Corey Williams 9205 2377
David Henry 9205 2448
By Post: Corey Williams, Community Development Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas, VIC, 3047.
If you would like to receive updates on the Stolen Generations Marker Project and find out how you can have your say, please register your details.
Privacy and confidentiality People’s privacy and confidentiality will be respected before, during and after community engagement activities have taken place. Participants’ personal information will remain confidential and will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2001 and Council’s Information Privacy and Health Records Procedure.
For further information about the Stolen Generations see the Healing Foundation’s Fact Sheet