This Behind the News (ABC) program provides kids with some historical background to why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were taken from their families
On 10 December 1992 Keating gave a speech on Aboriginal reconciliation addressing issues faced by indigenous Australians such as their land and children being taken away. This speech became known as The Redfern Address. It was given in Redfern Park to a crowd of predominantly indigenous people. Although it was not given a lot of media attention at the time it is now regarded by many to be one of the greatest Australian speeches. Keating was the first Australian prime minister to publicly acknowledge to Indigenous Australians that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Australian Aboriginal communities continued to face: ‘We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice’.
In 2007, ABC Radio National listeners voted the speech as their third most “unforgettable speech” behind Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech (number one) and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (number two).
This film is the big picture! It cover a lot of concepts that are crucial to understanding how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people understand the world from their particular standpoints around Australia. For example, we learn that there are many different dreamings, not just one. It also covers the effects of British invasion and colonisation.
This clip tells the story of a cross-cultural relationship between Lieutenant Dawes and Aboriginal woman, Patyegarang in the early years of the settlement at Sydney Cove. Lieutenant Dawes established an observatory just under where the harbour bridge is now located, and Patyegarang would visit him there, and teach him Darug.
SBD: the relationship between Patyegarang and Lieutenant William Dawes: