McGowan Government and Lotterywest continue to support victims of Stolen Generation

  • Lotterywest grant of $310,000 to Bringing Them Home Inc to support healing initiatives
  • The Yokai project is a collaboration between Bringing Them Home WA Inc and the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation
  • The McGowan
    Government today announced a Lotterywest grant of $310,000 to Bringing Them
    Home Western Australia Inc and the WA Stolen Generations Alliance to support
    commemorative events and healing initiatives.

    The funding
    will be used on a range of innovative projects led by Yokai, the flagship
    Aboriginal healing project developed by Bringing Them Home and WA Stolen
    Generations Aboriginal Corporation, created as a result of the appalling period
    of our nation’s history between 1910 and 1970 when tens of thousands of
    Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and taken to
    church and government run institutions.

    Yokai has been
    operating for three years and has developed constructive and creative
    relationships with universities, government agencies and community-based

    innovative and collaborative work ensures the experiences of the stolen
    generations and the descendants of the people who survived the trauma of that
    era are appropriately recognised as a basis of building resilience and healing.

    That Yokai
    works from the Murray Street office that AO Neville, the most infamous
    architect of the stolen generations policies, was stationed is a poignant irony
    and highlights the triumph of resilience and the human spirit.

    attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

    “It is a great
    honour to be able to be a part of the great work both Lotterywest and the Yokai
    project do. The wonderful people who have led the WA Stolen Generations and
    Bringing Them Home organisations in the healing and recovery process that the
    shocking legacy of the stolen generations has left us deserve our support.

    “I know from my
    own family experiences that this period of history had devastating and cruel
    impacts. I also know that the power of resilience within Aboriginal families
    and communities has the capacity to heal the scars of the past.”

    /Public Release. View in full here.