PhD thesis by Stewart Sutherland – AIATSIS
Stewart’s research, 'A Transnational Study: The effects of reconciliation on social emotional wellbeing of people affected by past policies and practices of forced removal', investigates the impact of forced removal policies and practices on the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. This study also investigates these populations' attitudes towards reconciliation in the wake of government apologies; also the impact on people’s social and emotional wellbeing that may have stemmed from government apologies and reconciliation programs.
In undertaking his research, Stewart interviewed 90 participants from 15 sites across the three countries. He developed and used Cultural Situated research methodologies. This allowed his interviewees to be forthcoming and reveal information at great depth that may not have occurred using other methodologies. The level of detail obtained allowed Stewart to draw out themes from an Indigenous viewpoint.
Stewart was born and raised in Wellington, New South Wales – the heart of Wiradjuri country. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for over a decade and has most recently focussed on mental health. He has a particularly interest in the social emotional wellbeing of the Stolen Generations.
In addition to his PhD studies, Stewart is an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow at AIATSIS.