The National Library of Australia’s Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project has been honoured internationally with project manager Joanna Sassoon invited to speak at a conference in Canada.

Dr Sassoon will speak at the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission conference in Vancouver later this month, the only Australian invited to do so. She will be part of an international panel of experts who will advise the commissioners on the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Research Centre.

The National Library oral history project was established in 2009 after the Prime Minister’s national apology to adults who, as children, were placed in care in Australia or were sent here from overseas under sponsored child migration schemes.

Close to 300 people have expressed an interest in the project with more than 150 hours of oral histories already recorded. Listen online to some of their stories.

Dr Sassoon said it was an honour for the National Library project to be recognised on the world stage.

‘‘To be asked to share these experiences in Canada, experiences that relate to all children who were in care – Stolen Generations, Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants is international recognition of the way in which Australia is trying to reconcile with its past so it can build a better future,’ she said.

‘It is not the archives that you collect which have the power. It is what you choose to do with them.’

Dr Joanna Sassoon is available for interview.

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