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National Apology Day 13 February, 2018

Posted by Network SA on Friday, February 09, 2018

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples.

On 13 February 2008 then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made an Apology to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the House of Representatives.

You can watch The Apology speech here.

The Apology related to past laws and policies of governments which have impacted on Australia’s First Nations Peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. The motion was supported by the Opposition and passed through both houses of Parliament. Brendan Nelson (who was then Leader of the Opposition) gave a formal response. It was a solemn and deeply moving occasion.

Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens.

The Apology was broadcast across Australia. In Adelaide, it was shown in a giant screen in Elder Park. It was a day of national significance to all Australians. Feelings of grief, loss, hope and joy were reflected in the faces of those present in Canberra and in other cities.

If you are a member of the Aboriginal Resource Centre we have a professional learning resource book for educators available for loan that can explain how important it is as a nation to recognise and acknowledge our history of the Stolen Generations called 'The Apology – Saying sorry to the stolen generations', by Marji Hill, 2009.

In South Australia we can do our part in ‘Honouring the Stolen Generations'

Click here for event flyer.

Click here for list of publications available on the Stolen Generation


 
 
 
 

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