The NSW Government is providing a reparations package worth more than $73 million to Stolen Generations survivors.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams, who delivered an apology to the Stolen Generations in June, said the NSW Government’s response went beyond words to deliver a comprehensive package of support.
“The NSW Government officially acknowledges the real and heartbreaking trauma caused by historic government policies and practices of removing Aboriginal children from their kin and country,” Mrs Williams said.
The Stolen Generations reparations scheme will offer one-off payments to survivors without a lengthy and arduous legal process and a $5 million Stolen Generations healing fund will seek to address the impacts of trauma for survivors, their families, descendants and communities.
The NSW Premier and Minister Williams will establish a Stolen Generations advisory committee to ensure the government’s response is implemented swiftly, effectively and respectfully, in partnership with Aboriginal people.
“It is my sincerest hope that by acknowledging the wrongs of the past and providing enduring and meaningful support for the future, we can avoid such a tragedy ever being repeated.”