Australia will establish an A $ 380 million (C $ 352 million) compensation fund for children of the "stolen generation", months after 800 indigenous survivors filed a lawsuit, the Australian media.
stolen generation refers to the policy of assimilation, under which, from 1910 to 1970, Aboriginal children were taken from their families to be brought up in white families.
Eligible survivors will receive a payment of A $ 75,000 for the damage suffered during their forcible abduction and an additional A $ 7,000 for their healing, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt to announce the establishment of the compensation package on Thursday as part of A $ 1 billion increase in measures to bridge the gap between Australians indigenous and non-indigenous.
Persons under the age of 18 who were removed from their families while living in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory before autonomy was granted, as well as in the Jervis Bay Territory , near New South Wales will be eligible for the compensation fund.
Over 100,000 Aboriginal children have been removed from their families and communities. In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a historic parliamentary apology to members of the
In April, 800 Northern Territory survivors launched a class action lawsuit against the federal government in the New South Wales Supreme Court for compensation, spanning a period from 1910 to the 1970s.
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