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The Stolen Generations Stolen Generation is the term used for the Australian Aboriginal children who were removed from their families by Australian government agencies and church missions between 1900 and 1972 They were taken to assimilate aboriginal children to European society It was considered child welfare it is perceived by many as a gross violation of human rights today having wrought extensive family and cultural damage It was racially discriminatory because it only applied to aboriginal children on that scale and it was an act of genocide contrary to the Convention on Genocide which forbids forcibly transferring children of a group to another group with the intention of destroying the group According to the government at least 35000 children were removed from their parents and the figure may be substantially higher records were poorly kept It is estimated that 10-30 of all Aboriginal children born during that period were removed from their mothers The children were sent to institutions either run by churches or the government and lived in dormitories separated from siblings Some were adopted or sent to foster homes and lived under harsh conditions Most worked as slaves sometimes not getting paid Children of full Aboriginal descent were removed but the children of mixed descent half-castes were the most targeted A 1937 Federal Government conference on Native Welfare concluded in its final report that the destiny of the natives of aboriginal origin but not of the full blood lies in their ultimate absorption by the people of the Commonwealth and it therefore recommends that all efforts be directed to that end httpwwwanswerscomtopicstolen-generation Adults of the stolen generations suffered insecurity poor self-esteem depression suicide violence abuse of drugs and alcohol lack of parental modeling and an inability to trust Many of the children were experienced physical and sexual abuse The scale of separation also had great consequences for the whole Aboriginal community - anger powerlessness and lack of purpose
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