Forcible Removal Research Paper

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The impact of the forcible removal is still affecting current generations in various ways, including poor parenting skills. Children were not the only ones affected by the Stolen Generation, the parents of the children suffered greatly. Parents that had their children taken away never recovered from their loss, and turned to suicide or alcohol to cope. Several generations were removed from the Indigenous community where cultural history and knowledge vanished on future generations. Future indigenous families suffer mental illnesses, behavioural problems and unsettled emotional grief (McIntyre and McKeich, 2009). A loss of identity when the stolen child was taken due to lies on who they were transitioned in part of their heritage becoming lost. Indigenous people rely on their culture, land and heritage to establish their identity. Siblings were separated when …show more content…

The law ruling Indigenous parents as unfit to look after their children shows that white society believed their parenting was more superior. The children taken were raised as white people and lost their sense of identity. Some children were taken when they were a few months old, and as they grew they believed they were part of the white community. Being removed from their heritage and not being able to fit in society left children confused on who they were (Dudgeon, 1997). Some adolescents got confused on their identity and their heritage, and not being able to deal with the constant battle led them to commit suicide. Many others experience severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi-polar, dissociation and psycisomatic illnesses (McIntyre and McKeich, 2009). These illnesses are still seen in the generations of the stolen children. Children that were removed from their families show a higher rate of emotional distress and poor physical health, which affected the rest of their

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