Hume Stolen Generations Marker

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Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal living culture as a vital part of Australia’s identity and recognises and pays respect to the existing family members of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk and to Elders past, present, future and emerging.

As part of Hume City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2022 commitments, Council is commencing a project to develop a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in the Hume area.

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.

For further information about the Stolen Generations, please click here to see the Healing Foundation’s Fact Sheet. 

Community Consultation

Hume City Council wants to ensure the voices of Stolen Generation members are heard throughout the project and will be consulting primarily with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Council invites all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and extended families to be part of the consultation process.

The focus of the consultation is to:

  • Provide a voice of the Stolen Generations members and their families throughout the project;
  • Provide information about Council’s commitment to a Stolen Generations Marker;
  • Establish relationships and seek ongoing input from impacted Hume residents;
  • Seek advice and recommendations about the messages that the Marker needs to convey about the Stolen Generations;
  • Seek recommendations of suitable locations for the placement of the Marker;
  • Seek guidance on the preferred features of a Marker; and
  • Seek expressions-of-interest to be part of a Hume Stolen Generations Marker Working Group that will guide the project. 

Contact Us

If you’re interested in confidentially sharing your stories, suggestions, comments or feedback please contact the project team on the details below:  

icon_phone.pngCall Corey Williams on 9205 2377 or David Henry 9205 2448

 icon_email.png Email 

icon_letter.pngPost: Corey Williams, Community Development Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas, VIC, 3047.

If you’d like to receive updates on the Stolen Generations Marker Project and how you can have your say, please register your details here.

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.

Updated : 4:56 PM, 28 January 2020

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