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

ByTommie C. Curtis

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

“She brought us up with like, since we experienced practically nothing else,” Mr Dixon stated.

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

It was an all-much too-common practical experience for numerous Indigenous people today of his era, but a aspect of Australia’s background that was overlooked and denied for a long time.

“But I also bear in mind that mum and dad created positive that we have been satisfied.”

He said his mum worked really hard to keep the spouse and children clean up and fed.

She lived in regular anxiety of her small children being taken away. 

Even just after Margaret, her spouse Eric and their little ones became the very first Aboriginal family members to go into a dwelling in Bega in 1968, the children had hiding spots in their dwelling and have been explained to not to solution the front door in case the authorities came.

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A referendum in 1967 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted as element of the population grew to become the most productive marketing campaign for constitutional improve in Australia’s record.

But when additional than 90 for every cent of Australians voted of course, the no vote in the Bega citizens was double the nationwide average.