A YEAR after Parliament apologised for removing indigenous children to integrate them into white society, new research has shown what many suspected – the policy had the opposite effect.
Many members of the stolen generations have reconnected with their indigenous culture but it has not saved them from suffering higher rates of arrest, poor health, risky alcohol consumption or unemployment, Curtin University Business School has found
The statistics showed that culture and wellbeing were connected in most cases, leading to the conclusion that employment programs should not be pursued at the expense of culture.
Read those magic words: culture and wellbeing are connected in most cases.
People want to live among people like them.
This doesn’t mean different cultures — branches of evolution both longitudinal and lateral — can exist healthily in the same society.
But it does mean that culture and ethnicity should go together.