In step with change
TABULAM indigenous dancer Donald Budda-Deen never attended the notorious Kinchela Boys Home on the Mid-North Coast, but he was deeply moved to be involved in Tuesday's launch of the Kinchela Boys Home strategic plan at Redfern, Sydney.
The strategic plan, which has been put together by a number of Kinchela Old Boys, is an initiative the organisers say is aimed at helping some of the 600 boys who passed through the institution and suffered physical and mental abuse.
The plan focuses on counselling, reunions and programs for families and may lead to compensation claims from the State Government.
Mr Budda-Deen performed in front of State Governor Marie Bashir after being invited to the launch by Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Marcelle Hoff.
The 48-year-old had family who attended the home which housed boys forcibly removed from their families.
“My uncles went there,” he said.
“I am aware of what the Kinchela boys endured, loss of family, isolation, ill treatment and loss of cultural identity.
“I was honoured to be invited and of course I put my hand straight up.”
Originally from Kamilaroi land at Frohallow near Moree, the 48-year-old moved to Tabulam more than 25 years ago.