Push for Stolen Gen to re­trace his­to­ries

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE QUEENS­LAND Gov­ern­ment has urged any Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der per­son look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on their fam­i­lies to get in touch with them.

Min­is­ter for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Part­ner­ships Mark Furner said the apol­ogy was a his­toric mile­stone in Aus­tralia’s and Queens­land’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion journey.

“To date more 17,000 re­quests have been fi­nalised to help In­dige­nous Queens­lan­ders re­trace their fam­ily and per­sonal his­to­ries,” Mr Furner said.

“Through strong work­ing part­ner­ships with Link- Up ( Qld), the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has helped many In­dige­nous peo­ple re­gain con­tact with loved ones or un­cover their own past.

“While we can never undo in­jus­tices of the past, by work­ing to­gether we can help en­sure bet­ter out­comes for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple.”

Link- Up ( Qld) Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pa­tri­cia Con­lon said re­unit­ing Stolen Gen­er­a­tion mem­bers was an im­por­tant part of the heal­ing process for many In­dige­nous Queens­lan­ders.

“This valu­able part­ner­ship pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to State Gov­ern­ment records cre­ated dur­ing the Pro­tec­tion era and Queens­land births, deaths and mar­riages in­for­ma­tion, which is cru­cial to piec­ing to­gether fam­ily his­to­ries,” Ms Con­lon said.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit http:// bit. ly/ 2lGh0vs.

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