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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series

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Today's date is Sunday, June 16, 2019
Archaeology Seminar Series : Path of Pain – Truth telling, Acknowledgement and The Bernier and Dorre Island Lock Hospitals Other events...
Let us tell you about one of the stories that has been swept under the Australian carpet for far too long……. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were removed from their homelands and interned in medical and government facilities. Within these systems of racially-based removal and incarceration, people were often interned for years and deprived of certain liberties and decision-making powers. These places and practices led to the dislocation of generations of people from their families, communities and country, and were part of a pattern of events and policies that served to interrupt people’s ability to care for country and to undertake cultural practices and responsibilities. Although these practices were largely portrayed at the time as benevolent humanitarian interventions, instead they caused physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual loss to the individuals directly affected and their decedents. In addition, many places and objects associated with these activities, particular burial areas and Aboriginal stories remain unrecorded and even hidden. Community members and researchers want preservation, protection and acknowledgement of these sites, associated cultural artefacts and stories. This presentation provides an opportunity to hear about one such story the Bernier and Dorre Island Lock Hospitals (operating from 1908 -1919) and its associated centenary memorial project direct from researchers and community members, with a view to inform future policy on best practice heritage protection, acknowledgement of past acts and truth telling.
Speaker(s) Jade Pervan, Robin Barrington and Kathleen Musulin
Location Law Lecture Room G.31
Contact Ana Paula Motta <anapaula.motta@research.uwa.edu.au>
Start Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00
End Thu, 02 May 2019 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:29
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