Undalup Association | Healing event for Stolen Generation

Some WA Aboriginal people are only just finding out who their family members are after being taken away as children to live on missions.

Noongar elder and artist Sandra Hill discovered who her parents were by tracing old documents and was fortunate enough to meet them before they passed away. 

Ms Hill said healing events were really important to acknowledge some of the wrongdoings which happened and showed the Aboriginal community that people were thinking of the Stolen Generation.

“It shows people are trying to ease the burden because when you are from the Stolen Generation it can be a very isolating experience from the rest of your mob and community,” she said.

“I know so many people who were taken away and these healing events stop you from feeling so alone and navigating that whole process on your own.”

On Saturday, the Undalup Association held a healing event in Busselton to help Aboriginal people heal from the trauma of being part of the Stolen Generation.

The exhibition featured photos of Aboriginal children who lived on missions and old documents Ms Hill had found about her parents.

“I am sad that a lot of the cottages from Sister Kate’s are gone, they should have been kept as a museum so people could go and see the reality of what happened in that place,” she said.

“Those people are dying and their stories should be there forever so that we never forget.”

Ms Hill was saddened that more people from the non-Aboriginal community did not attend the exhibition to find out what healing as part of the Stolen Generation was about.

“We want to share this with everyone and nobody is coming to share this with us and that makes me very sad.”