it’s come to my attention that not a lot of people outside of australia know about the indigenous/aboriginal people of australia so here is a thread:
Fast Foward to 1962:
By the early 20th century the indigenous population had declined to between 50,000 and 90,000.
Many children were wrongly told that their parents had died or abandoned them therefore never finding out who their biological parents were.
Many were psychologically, physically, and sexually abused while living in state care or with their adoptive families.
Efforts to make stolen children reject their culture often caused them to feel ashamed of their Indigenous heritage.
Their names were often changed, and they were not allowed to speak their traditional languages.
Some children were adopted by white families, in institutions where abuse and neglect were common.
Children taken from their parents as part of the Stolen Generation were taught to reject their Indigenous heritage, and forced to adopt white culture.
Assimilation was based on the assumption of black inferiority and white superiority, which proposed that Indigenous people should be allowed to “die out”.
THE STOLEN GENERATION:
Between 1910 and 1970, government policies of assimilation led to between 10 and 33 percent of Aboriginal Australian children being forcibly removed from their homes.
Indigenous people adapted to European culture, working as stock hands or labourers, servents etc.
Europeans viewed Aboriginal peoples as parasites upon nature, not human and therefore began to treat them as such.
Though some Aboriginal Australians did resist, 20,000+ indigenous people died in violent conflict through massacres and the impoverishment of their communities as British settlers seized their lands.