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.
In early 2020 Hume City Council established a working group that guides the project. The group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, community members affected by the impacts of the Stolen Generations and representatives from peak bodies including Connecting Home and Link-Up Victoria.
Artist, artwork and location
After an Expression of Interest (EOI) process and concept development phase overseen by the Stolen Generations Marker Working Group, Hume City Council endorsed artist Robert Young to create the Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.
Robert is a Gunnai/Waradjurie/Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmarra artist.
Robert's artwork Covered in the Creator will feature a large metal possum skin cloak representing family, located with a canoe shaped ground artwork representing the journey, and a seat in the shape of a traditional coolamon representing childhood.
The Marker will be located at the Wetland Site in Craigieburn, near the Malcolm Creek and Centennial Park Drive.
The Marker is expected to be completed and launched in spring 2022.
If you’re interested in confidentially sharing your stories, suggestions, comments or feedback please contact the project team on the details below:
David Henry: 0467 663 725
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