July 5, 2022


Through Education Matters

Bega council’s refusal to say sorry to Stolen Generations and the lessons for Australia’s reconciliation journey

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this report incorporates photos and names of folks who have died.

Djiringanj Ngarigo elder John Dixon’s eyes gentle up when he remembers his late mom Margaret.

“She introduced us up with appreciate, because we experienced absolutely nothing else,” Mr Dixon explained.

His childhood commenced as a “fringe dweller”, living in camps on the edge of Bega in south-east New South Wales.

It was an all-also-acquainted expertise for a lot of Indigenous people today of his era, but a section of Australia’s record that was forgotten and denied for a long time.

“But I also bear in mind that mum and father created certain that we were pleased.”

He stated his mum labored challenging to continue to keep the relatives clean up and fed.

She lived in continuous dread of her youngsters becoming taken away. 

Even just after Margaret, her partner Eric and their small children turned the first Aboriginal household to move into a dwelling in Bega in 1968, the children had hiding places in their home and ended up told not to remedy the entrance door in scenario the authorities came.

House to enjoy or pause, M to mute, still left and appropriate arrows to seek out, up and down arrows for volume.

Correct Wrongs: Battling for honest housing(David Dixon and Vanessa Milton, further footage by David Gallan)

A referendum in 1967 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted as component of the inhabitants grew to become the most successful marketing campaign for constitutional transform in Australia’s heritage.

But though far more than 90 for every cent of Australians voted sure, the no vote in the Bega electorate was double the nationwide normal.