The Healing Foundation this week funded a healing yarn up commemoration day which was held at BAHS where people shared their experiences and looked at ways of healing the Bourke and surrounding communities in relation to the stolen generations.
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on building culturally strong, community led healing solutions.
The national Apology acknowledged the trauma and grief suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a result of past government policies, particularly the removal of children from their families. The Healing Foundation recognises that the alienation of Stolen Generations’ members from their families, identity, land, language and culture continues to have a profound impact on individuals, families and communities.
The Healing Foundation has funded many healing projects addressing the distinct needs of Stolen Generations’ members and today was Bourke and surrounding communities opportunity to start the discussion about healing and moving forward. Community members from Bourke, Enngonia and surrounding communities attending the event which was hosted by BAHS, marking it as a major achievement in the step towards healing. The event was commemorated with a cake cutting ceremony and story telling.