About Northern Territory Stolen Generations
Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation was formally incorporated in 1998 to respond directly to the needs and concerns of members of the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.
The formation of NTSGAC was the result of discussions and the express wishes of many members of the Stolen Generations in the Top End since the early 1970’s which included members of many institutional groups such as Croker Island, Garden Point, Retta Dixon, Kahlin Compound and Groote Eylandt as well as those removed through adoption and foster care arrangements.
As a result of these extended discussions over many years often held under a Mango tree in the yard of Maurice Scott, the concept of the first national conference to consider Stolen Generations issues was discussed in 1993 and became a reality in October 1994. This conference, The Going Home Conference, was crucial to the Federal Government’s decision to undertake the now historic National Inquiry to into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which resulted in the Bringing Them Home Report. This report has enabled most Stolen Generations services throughout Australia to receive ongoing funding over the last ten years. It is important to highlight this history as it shows the vision and commitment over many years of those who established the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Corporation, many of whom remain involved as either members or on the Board of Directors. It is a testament to the importance and relevance of NTSGAC to Stolen Generations people that these members have continued their involvement in planning and implementing for the future, working in conjunction with others, both individuals and organisations with a determination to succeed.
The NTSGAC logo depicts an empty Coolamon which was traditionally used to cradle children. The empty Coolamon above the children signifies the children that were forcibly removed from their families and home due to Government policy.
NTSGAC was established to
- Provide emotional support, social wellbeing services and referral service for Stolen Generations members and their families/descendants in the Top End.
- Provide inter-generational activities on special occasions as part of a healing and identity strengthening process.
- Regularly inform clients regarding any National issues in developments affecting the Stolen Generations.
- Monitor and work towards implementing the 54 Recommendations from the Bringing Them Home Report.
What we do
- Family tracing
- Family reunion management
- Research and access to records
- Guidance and support to clients for family tracing
- Referrals to other support services
All staff is obliged to
- Adhere to NTSGAC confidentiality agreements
- Ensure client’s rights are protected
- Provide a professional level of service Agree to maintain confidentiality and to respect the views of clients and their families
- Affected by the past government policies of removal
- must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- must reside in the Top End region
Must undertake an initial assessment for registration