NSW Government Grant to Support Kinchela Boys Home 90th Anniversary Commemorations
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced a $10,000 grant to enable Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) to host a significant commemorative event to mark the 90thanniversary of the opening of the home.
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week, the NSW Government grant will support the commemorative activities being held on 25 and 26 October, including a film screening from the KBH Survivor Recording Project which tells the stories of 25 men who lived at home.
Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home, located on near Kempsey, operated between 1924 and 1970 where NSW authorities incarcerated 500 Aboriginal children, many of whom were subjected to poor treatment and abuse.
“I commend the survivors of Kinchela Boys Home for their courage in speaking publicly about their experiences at the home.
“The film offers a moving insight into the incredible hardship these men faced and enduring bonds they have formed to support one another through the healing process.
“Healing is integral to OCHRE, the NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal affairs with initiatives like Language and Culture Nests and Local Decision Making helping to address inter-generational trauma by strengthening pride in culture and local governance capacity.
“This funding is a demonstration of how we are working with Aboriginal people to build resilience and pride in identity to address the traumas of the past,” Mr Dominello said.
KBHAC Chief Executive Officer, Pastor Ray Minniecon welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting members of the Stolen Generations and their families.
“I thank the Minister for championing the cause of national healing. Without his support our truth-telling project and historic commemorative event being held in October would not be possible,” Pastor Minniecon said.
Last year the NSW Government provided $28,000 for the KBH Survivor Recording Project enabling Kinchela survivors to record their stories through film. Information about the project can be found at:http://www.kinchelaboyshome.org.au/.
The 90th anniversary commemoration will be held at the site of the former home of Mid-North Coast and video footage from the event will be included in a documentary film, which will be released later this year.
National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) celebrates historic reconciliation milestones including the successful 1967 constitutional referendum and the 1992 ‘Mabo’ decision.
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