Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations
Monday 13 February marks the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First People – a defining moment in our country’s history that must never be forgotten.
On this day in 2008, more than ten years after the Bringing Them Home Report was tabled, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tabled a motion in parliament apologising to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly the Stolen Generations and their families and communities, for laws and policies which had 'inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians'.
The apology also included a proposal for a policy commission to ‘Close The Gap’ by ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal access to health, education and economic opportunities.
We encourage all staff, clients, carers, and community partners to help celebrate this significant day in our history, which still holds lots of grief and suffering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the nation.