National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Article | Updated 3 years ago

"10 hands are cut out from coloured paper with apologies written on them. They are stuck around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags."
Caption: Hands from the Museum's Sorry Day public installation.
Image courtesy WA Museum

On 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular to the Stolen Generations.

The journey to a national apology began with the Bringing them Home report with recommendation 5a of the report stating,

...that all Australian Parliaments officially acknowledge the responsibility of their predecessors for the laws, policies and practices of forcible removal.

The Western Australian Government was the first of the Australian Parliaments to apologise to the Stolen Generations on the 29 May 1997 where a motion was passed to,

...apologise to Aboriginal families in Western Australia for the past policies under which Aboriginal children were removed from them and expressed deep regret at the hurt and distress that this causes.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of the National Apology, we continue to say sorry, remember those who were taken and acknowledge those who are still suffering.

Full Video: Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples

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Video courtesy: YouTube - Kevin Rudd