National apology to the Stolen Generations

"We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.”
“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.”
  Excerpt from The Apology, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Wednesday February 13 2008.


Saturday 13th February marked the eighth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. We joined people around Australia in commemorating this important day and supporting truth, justice and healing for the Stolen Generations.

The Apology anniversary theme for 2016 is Heal our Past, Build our Future, Celebrating our Heroes. It highlights the importance of recognising and sharing the experiences of Stolen Generations members and those in our communities who make a difference. Stolen Generations heroes and their experiences are unique to each region around Australia.

Senior Manager - Aboriginal Services Angela Ryder said the apology made a difference to some people’s lives and contributed to the healing process.

“But we need to remember that many people in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are still being impacted by the effects of being removed from their families,” Ms Ryder said.

“It’s important that we continue to work towards building on the apology, ensuring acknowledgment, support and healing for the countless number of communities and families who were affected.”

The National Apology acknowledges the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal families and communities. To learn more about the Stolen Generations and the National Apology please visit the Australian Government website here.


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