Acts such as disallowing the Indigenous population to be counted in the national census effectively removing their presence from documentation of those living in Australia at the time and thus limiting severely their already weakened ability to influence the direction that the nation had chosen to take. Through an analysis of each policy and act listed below and the impact they had on Australian society, the extent of not only the structural violence that Indigenous Australians face, but also how the policies and acts have hindered indigenous social cohesion and poverty reduction shall be shown.

The initiative discussed in this case study is the Kimberley Stolen Generation Committee (KSGC), which was formed in 1996. The Committee was founded out of members of the Stolen Generation and their families and started as a grass roots organization. The primary function of the Committee is to act as a facilitator in the re-connection of individuals who were effected by the Stolen Generation Policy or to provide information to an individual who may be interested in establishing a connection, as well as run ‘activities and projects that acknowledge the experiences of members of the Stolen Generations and help them come to terms with it’. The activities and projects run by the KSGC work towards poverty reduction and improving social cohesion, both within the indigenous community and indigenous to non-indigenous. The KSGC makes use of empowerment and participatory tools to assist those in need and combat the existing structural violence in play.

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Case-study by Olivia Pearson, student at the International Developlent Studies masters program at UJF, Grenoble.
Image by Borofkin (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons. The image portrays the audience at the Redfern Community Centre who watches the live telecast of the formal Apology to the Stolen Generations