Reconciliation Australia commends the SA reparations scheme for Stolen Generations
Reconciliation Australia commends the South Australian Government on its announcement yesterday of an $11 million Stolen Generations reparations fund. The fund will enable the state to begin remedying the harm suffered by members of Stolen Generations and helping those in South Australia to commence the healing process.
Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia, Mr Justin Mohamed, said the South Australian reparations scheme represents a meaningful step forward for reconciliation in Australia.
“Recognition of, and compensation for, historical wrongs are a crucial part of the reconciliation process and this significant action by the South Australian Government will contribute greatly to achieving our vision for a reconciled, just and equitable nation,” he said.
“Reparations for Aboriginal communities removed from their families was a key finding in the 1997 Bringing Them Home report. Nearly 20 years on, it is extremely significant to see this recommendation being put into practice in South Australia and we hope this scheme will be replicated across the country.”
The state of South Australia has long been one of the leaders in reconciliation in Australia and this announcement is just one example of the state’s firm commitment to reconciliation.
“In 1997, the South Australian Parliament led the way by apologising to members of the Stolen Generations, and the South Australian Government has implemented many policies and programs focused on building reconciliation,” said Mr Mohamed.
“In 2008, Adelaide City Council became one of the first local governments to join Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan program and remains one of most committed partners.
“Reconciliation Australia looks forward to seeing South Australia continue its leadership in reconciliation and achieving positive outcomes as part of the Next Steps – Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme.”