Stolen Generations' Newsletter - Issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter for Stolen Generations' individuals and organisations.

This edition reports on some of the successful projects that Stolen Generations’ organisations have been running in 2009, as well as updates from FaHCSIA and information on available funding opportunities.

The Expressions section of this edition showcases artwork by Marge De Leper and Jamie Carter produced through the Origins and South West Sydney Stolen Generations’ Project “A Life’s Journey” Program.

We also love to share creative works, so contributions to our Expressions section are more than welcome!

The Stolen Generations’ Newsletter aims to highlight the fantastic work being achieved by members of the Stolen Generations and Stolen Generations’ organisations across the country. So if you or your organisation has an upcoming activity or project that you would like us to include in future editions of Stolen Generations’ Newsletter contact us with the information. Our details are at the end of this issue.

The Stolen Generations’ Newsletter is a quarterly publication, however, if anything important arises that cannot wait until the next edition, we will send you an email update.

News from the field

Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation Arts and Crafts Group

The Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation was delighted to receive funding to run an Arts and Crafts Group through the Stolen Generations' Organisations' Funding in June 2009. The Group has been steadily growing and has brought together different groups of the Stolen Generations and other members of the Indigenous community.

All of the members bring different ideas and skills with them to the Group. Some of the ladies are old hands at painting, knitting and other crafts, sharing their talents with those who are trying arts and crafts for the first time.

The Group wants to increase community awareness and understanding about Stolen Generations' issues in the wider community and is planning to have a Stolen Generations'Newsletter stall at Mindil Beach Markets. The Group is collecting the artwork, crafts and jewellery made by the members for sale at their stall. It will also raise revenue which will go straight back into the arts and crafts budget, so the Group can continue to thrive and grow.

For further information, phone Gitanjali Maksay: 08 8981 7900

Arts & Crafts Group at the Stolen Generation Room in Malak

Arts & Crafts Group at the Stolen Generation Room in Malak

Beachcombing for rocks and shells to use at Arts & Crafts – photos provided by Gitanjali

Beachcombing for rocks and shells to use at Arts & Crafts - photos provided by Gitanjali.

New assistance line for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

The newly incorporated Stolen Generations Council of New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is pleased to announce the establishment of a telephone assistance and referral service for NSW and ACT members of the Stolen Generations. This service will be supported by The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) with Federal government funding made available through the FaHCSIA 2009 Stolen Generations' Organisations' funding round.

Members of the Stolen Generations seeking advice and/or referral or who wish to become members of the Stolen Generations Council can contact Freecall 1800 263 881.

A Life's Journey

Through the Origins and South West Sydney Stolen Generations' project, A Life's Journey, participants take a personalised journey using their photos combined with art and healing workshops. The project involves Stolen Generations, their friends and carers. The journey will also comprise at least three excursions to places of cultural significance including the mountains, sea and bush.

The first excursion has been held and involved the group going to a sheep station at Wiseman's Ferry for a taste of the station life. Here they were able to taste damper, sing songs and hear stories around the campfire and some even sheared a sheep. The next excursion will be to Old Government House in Parramatta, New South Wales. Here the group will be taken back to the past in a tour of the House. The members of the group will also be making Christmas cards using their own original artworks.

Two artworks produced by participants in the Origins project are featured in the Expressions section of this newsletter. Lily from Origins Incorporated would also like to give a special mention to Scott for helping with the art and with the project.

For more information on A Life's Journey phone 02 9604 9352 or email

To see photos and artworks from the participants and share their journeys visit A Life's Journey.

Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services - Respecting Our Elders

During October, Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services hosted an "Honouring Elders Night" in Yarrabah, Queensland. This night bought the community together to share a meal and honour the elders - past and present - from the Yarrabah area. During the evening the community watched a slideshow of the elders, including images of them when they were very young.

Other activities included an exhibition of photographs of local Stolen Generations, many of whom were bought to Yarrabah as children and who have since come to call Yarrabah their home. Younger members of the community also shared a performance which entertained the crowds with lots of laughs. Many of these young people attended the evening to learn more about their local history.

The Honouring Elders Night was a great success with lots of positive feedback from the Yarrabah community.

Gurriny Yealamucka has also initiated the creation of a DVD entitled "Respecting our Elders". This DVD was created by the community and includes stories from members of the Stolen Generations in the local region. For more information phone Gwen Schreiber from Gurriny Yealamucka on 07 4056 9388.

Have you got an upcoming event or program?

If you would like information about your next event to be included in future editions of the newsletter just call, email or fax us the details. It's as easy as that!

News from the Department

Healing Foundation Update

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation was a new initiative announced by the Government on February 13, 2009. Since this date the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) appointed a Development Team, made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to consult across Australia with Indigenous people to build support for and seek input on, the Foundation and report back to the Minister on the results of that consultation and with a proposal for the Foundation's establishment. The Development Team consulted with individuals, communities and organisations in a series of workshops conducted between May and August 2009. Workshops were held in Broome, Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Thursday Island, Townsville, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Dubbo and Canberra. Approximately 450 people attended the 18 workshops and the Team received 48 written submissions.

Following from this consultation, the Minister received a report on 24 September 2009 entitled Voices from the Campfires: Establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, which contained 10 recommendations. The Minister welcomed the release of the report.

Also on 24 September 2009, Minister Macklin announced the formation of the interim Board of the Foundation which was tasked with the early establishment of the Foundation (incorporation, constitution, temporary office spaces, etc).

Since this date, the Interim Board, which includes Stolen Generations' members, has been working extremely hard and has now incorporated the Foundation under the name of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Limited. It is a not for profit organisation.

The Foundation's three key roles will be: support for healing initiatives and capacity building at the local level; prevention, health promotion, training and education in relation to healing and trauma; and evaluation and ethical community based research.

National advertisements for the nine inaugural Board positions (including Chair and Deputy Chair) have now closed, with interviews for successful applicants being conducted in the first week of December 2009 by an independent Selection Panel made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is envisaged that the inaugural Board will be in place in late December 2009.

Advertisements for the Chief Executive Officer have also been placed in the National Indigenous Times, Koori Mail, Torres Strait Islander News and The Australian. Closing date for this position is December 11, 2009.

It is envisaged that the first round of funding will be offered in the first quarter of 2010, please refer to the website once operational for more detail.

Should you wish to find out more information on the Foundation, please contact, Ms Brenda Campe on 02 6198 3437

Gregory Phillips, Aunty May O’Brien and Minister for

From left to right, Gregory Phillips, Aunty May O'Brien and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin - photo provided by the Healing Foundation development team.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Healing Foundation Development Team

From left to right, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Healing Foundation Development Team's patron Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue and Development Team Member's Aunty May O'Brien, Gregory Phillips, Deb Hocking, Barbra Asplet, Noritta Morseu-Diop, Professor Helen Milroy, Brian Butler; pictured with Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin (centre). - photo provided by the Healing Foundation development team.

Do you need more information? Would you like to add a person or organisation to our mailing list? Contact us on the details below. We are happy to help!

Indigenous Parenting Support Services (IPSS)

The IPSS is designed to assist Indigenous parents overcome barriers to good family relationships and support them through their children's transitions to child care, pre-school and primary school.

IPSS will increase the number of Indigenous families and children that have access to parent-child services and aims to target support to families with children aged up to 12 years of age with a particular focus on families with children aged zero to two years. Services will be offered to Indigenous families in safe and informal settings. They will also provide referrals to other services as required.

This $16.6 million initiative will strengthen parenting skills and support the development, learning and well being of Indigenous children.

For more information, including a list of contacts for each state and the Australian Capital Territory visit Indigenous Parenting Support Services (IPSS)

Financial measures to support struggling Australians

Low income earners who have been affected by the global financial crisis will be given assistance to get back on their feet through a $33 million Australian Government investment.

The funding to provide nation-wide financial support services will include:

  • expanding the availability of no-interest loans to buy essential household items like fridges and washing machines
  • extending matched savings schemes to help more people develop and achieve long-term savings goals.

No interest loans

The Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service will receive $18.5 million to expand its No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS), StepUP and AddsUP programs.

In partnership with the National Australia Bank, Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service offers no interest loans of between $800 and $2000 for the purchase of essential household items.

This will enable Good Shepherd's loans and matched savings programs to be extended to around 25,000 more people in up to 350 locations across Australia.

Contact your local NILS program to find out if you are eligible.

For more information and to find out if there's a provider near you, phone Service Administration on 03 9418 3000 or visit Microfinance

Matched savings scheme

The Brotherhood of St Laurence, in partnership with ANZ, will receive $14.5 million to expand Australia's largest matched savings scheme, Saver Plus. Saver Plus helps people on low incomes save for education and training purchases, with ANZ matching their savings, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1000. For more information phone ANZ on 13 13 14 or visit Saver Plus

Indigenous Newslines magazine and

Indigenous Newslines magazine and Newslines Radio

The Australian Government publishes Indigenous Newslines magazine five times a year. The magazine and associated radio programs cover important developments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

To see the latest version of the Newslines magazine and radio program

For more information or to be included on their distribution list phone 02 6244 1710 or email

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Indigenous Culture Support

Indigenous culture is a dynamic part of Australian culture and identity. The Indigenous Culture Support (ICS) program supports the maintenance and continued development of Indigenous culture at the community level.

ICS funds activities that encourage culturally vibrant Indigenous communities to contribute to the cultural wellbeing of Indigenous individuals and their communities.

For more information phone your local Indigenous Coordination Centre Freecall 1800 079 098 (except Nhulunbuy, NT - 1800 089 148; Kalgoorlie, WA - 1800 193 357; Kununurra, WA - 1800 193 348).

Indigenous Heritage Program

The Indigenous Heritage Program (IHP) is an Australian Government initiative that supports the identification, conservation, and promotion (where appropriate) of Indigenous heritage.

Individual project funding for organisations will be available up to a maximum of $100,000 (GST exclusive). Individual applicants will be eligible for funding up to $5000. Applications for more than these amounts may be considered where the applicant demonstrates special circumstances or a genuine requirement for additional funds.

The IHP may also help identify places likely to have outstanding Indigenous heritage value to Australia suitable for inclusion on the National Heritage List.

For more information phone the department of Environment Water, Heritage and the Arts on Freecall 1800 982 280 or visit Indigenous Heritage Program

Lotterywest Grants - Western Australia

In Western Australia, Lotterywest provides grants for community projects, including cultural heritage projects. They can also provide assistance with the application process.

For more information on this grant and how to apply phone 1800 655 270 or visit Lotterywest grants and Community Development

Aboriginals Benefit Account

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) provides funding for initiatives that benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory. ABA money can be used to support initiatives in the Northern Territory that promote:

  • economic development
  • small business
  • land and sea management
  • community enhancement
  • education and leadership.

Only organisations established under a Commonwealth, State or Territory law can apply for ABA funding. These organisations include incorporated associations, cooperatives or companies.

For more information on ABA and how to apply, phone FaHCSIA on 08 8936 6366 or email

You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the member of the ABA Advisory Committee elected by your Land Council.

New funding guidelines for FaHCSIA

If you are intending to apply for funding through FaHCSIA in the future, it would be good to have a look at the updated guidelines. FaHCSIA updated the guidelines and processes for funding agreements and community grants in August 2009. The Community Grants Update 2009 explains the new funding agreements and other features of FaHCSIA's new Common Business Model.

To view these guidelines visit Community Grants Update

Other Funding Opportunities

GrantsLINK is a website that can assist you to find funding available under a variety of programs for individuals, businesses and communities. It advertises grants available through both federal and state government departments and non-government organisations.

For more information visit GrantsLINK


Express Yourself

The Expressions Section will showcase written and visual art from Stolen Generations members. We would love you to submit your work or the work of your members so we can share it with others around the country.

To submit a piece, simply email, fax or post the work, and don't forget to include your name and city/town. We also need approval from the artist agreeing that their work can be shown in the newsletter.

Remember that it needs to fit on the newsletter, so pictures must be A4 size or preferably smaller and written works should not exceed 500 words. If you are emailing us a picture, please send it in jpeg format.

These artworks were produced by participants in the Origins "A Life's Journey" project in NSW.

Marge De Leper

Artist: © Marge De Leper

Artist: © Jamie Carter

Artist: © Jamie Carter

Contact Us


Phone 02 6121 4427

Building Sector Capacity Section
Indigenous Leadership and Engagement Group
P.O Box 7576

Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610


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Content Updated: 27 September 2013