The Healing Foundation’s ‘Stolen Generations resource kit for teachers and students’ was created to educate young people about the Stolen Generations’ experiences. It supports school communities to safely start the conversation about the intergenerational impacts of colonial injustices and inform classroom discussions using facts, real examples and stories.
Cultural consultation and guidance from Stolen Generations members has been an essential part of this project. The Healing Foundation has also worked closely with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous teachers, parents, early childhood specialists and curriculum writers.
This teaching resource was developed to introduce students from Foundation Year to Year 9 to the firsthand experiences of Stolen Generations members. The policies and suffering of the Stolen Generations are only one part of the longstanding and continuing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. It is an essential one to learn and to teach, though, so students have a full understanding of Australia’s true histories, and of the important relationship between historical acceptance and healing within Australia’s reconciliation journey.