📍 1996 in Venice; Italy.
Barbara Weir was born in 1945 at what was formerly known as Bundy River Station in the region of Utopia. Her country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Barbara was part of the stolen generation, her Mother was Minnie Pwerle, the well known Utopia artist, her Father was Irish man Jack Weir. Barbara was ‘grown up’ by her aunty Emily Kngwarreye.
At the age of nine, whilst out collecting water, Barbara was taken by Native Welfare and her family believed she had been killed. She was placed in homes all over Australia and during these years she lost contact with her family but was determined to return and re-claim her heritage.
In the late 1960s Barbara returned to Utopia where she was reunited with Emily Kngwarreye and her mother. The reunion was emotional. Barbara began to show great interest and talent in painting. Inspired by travels to Indonesia to study batik, she proceeded to develop a unique flair and style. Private collectors quickly purchased every painting and this proved to be the turning point in her career. Propelled into the art scene her career continues to go from strength to strength.
Her three main dreaming include ‘Grass Seed’, ‘Bush Berry’ and ‘My Mothers Country’. All completely different but all a testament to her skill as an artist and her knowledge and respect for her country.
Privileged to share Shelley Reys' words of wisdom on this week's 10th Anniversary of Parliament’s Apology to The Stolen Generations, "On the tenth anniversary of the apology, we have much to celebrate. While Rudd’s leadership and Reconciliation Australia’s galvanizing role were critical, there was no greater effort than that of the Australian people. Courageous elders who told their stories in local towns so others could learn as well as brave non-Indigenous people who were willing “to sit in the dust” with them to hear their stories." Click on the link in our bio to read more.
Sorry can’t fix the pain left for generations. My dad was taken as a young boy. Part of the stolen generation. Growing up feeling disconnected has been horrible. Searching but not having the right information to move forward in my search but will never give up ❤️#stolengeneration#aboriginal#proud
. @NACCHOChair Aboriginal Health Press Release #Apology10#StolenGeneration Reflections from national Aboriginal community controlled health organisations @VACCHO_CEO @ahmrc @Wuchopperen @IndigenousX https://nacchocommunique.com/2018/02/15/nacchochair-aboriginal-health-press-release-apology10-stolengeneration-reflections-from-national-aboriginal-community-controlled-health-organisations/
Our Bupa CareerTracker Intern Natasha Ward delivered a remarkable and empowering speech on the intergenerational impact of the Stolen Generation at the 10th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation.
Prior to the opening of #Queensland 's 56th #Parliament , myself and my @qldlabor colleagues acknowledged the ten-year anniversary of the apology to Australia's #StolenGeneration .
It was a moving and emotional morning, and a moment I was fortunate to share with Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships @jackietrad, and Cynthia Lui, the first Torres Strait Islander elected to office in our country's history.
Change begins with you! “The day of the national apology to the Stolen Generation: a bipartisan, unprecedented acknowledgment of official brutality addressed to several generations of Aboriginal people, and informing non-Indigenous Australians of the nation’s history.” - Malcolm Farr #onthisday#10yearslater
10 year anniversary of the apology to the stolen generation by Prime Minister Rudd and the Australian parliament. How much more has happened in the ten years since, that we will be saying sorry for in the future. #sorryday#sorrydaytenyearanniversary#stolengeneration
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the apology to the stolen generations. Only a generation ago children were categorised based on the colour of their skin using pseudo-scientific blood quantum language. “Half-caste” “octaroon” “full-blood”. Terms associated with a policy that had a stated aim of “breeding out” aboriginal identity and culture by disrupting families.
Today I honour all the survivors of the stolen generations - their ongoing strength and resilience. And will ensure that my future kid(s) know our family history, my ancestors history and understand this aspect of our national history. #apology#aboriginal#noongar#stolengeneration
IBA staff from the Perth Office along with the @indigenouslandcorporation staff were out in support of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology #Apology10 to the Stolen Generations event presented in partnership by Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation & the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries at the Perth Cultural Centre and with a speech given by the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. #stolengeneration#sorry#apology10#perth#indigenouspeople#indigenousbusinessaustralia#WA
Turn around to read sky writing. Ten years since we apologised to Aboriginal Australians for the stolen generations where children were forcibly removed from parent(s) and maybe, split up from siblings permanently and abused in institutions in most appalling ways. #stolengeneration#anniversary#kevinrudd
Today marks the 10th Anniversary since the National apology to the Aboriginal Stolen Generation delivered by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The Armenian Youth Federation of Australia stands with the Indigenous community of Australia in remembering this tragic time in history.
On 13 February 2008, Kevin Rudd apologised to Australia’s Indigenous people. I was in the Members Hall with a great many survivors of the Stolen Generation and their descendants at the moment the apology was beamed through from the House of Representatives. Louise Whelan and I could have elected to be in room with the politicians and dignitaries, but chose to be here with the people. The relief on their faces on realising that the Prime Minister was actually making a sincere apology and recognising their pain was one of the most moving occasions I have experienced. When Brendan Nelson, the Leader of the Opposition, stood to speak many turned their backs due to the Liberal Party’s protracted and bitter resistance to an Apology. In this photo Louise, Marjorie and Sylvia, part of the Stolen Generation, listen to the Apology. #johnogdenphoto#theapology#sorry#aboriginalaustralia#firstpeople#stolengeneration#kevinrudd