Tenth Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Date: 13/02/2018

Tuesday 13th February marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples – a powerful and important moment in our nation's history that must never be forgotten. Find out how you can commemorate this important anniversary!

Tuesday February 13 marks the tenth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Government, a powerful moment of healing in our nation's history that must never be forgotten. Ten years on, however, members of the Stolen Generations and their families continue to call for meaningful redress – there has been no reparations in Victoria and many of the Bringing Them Home Report recommendations remain unfulfilled.  There is much justice and healing yet to be done.

As we approach the anniversary of the historic Apology we know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are still grossly over-represented in our prisons, in out-of-home care, are still dying in custody and are still subjected to racism on a regular basis. There is still much work to do.

Events will be held around Australia to commemorate this important day.  Check out our Calendar for event details for Apology commemoration events organised by Link Up Victoria, Bunjilaka, Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, Shepparton Reconciliation Group and Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association.

For a full list of events taking place around Australia visit the Healing Foundation's online calendar

If you cannot attend one of the events organised by Aboriginal organisations or local councils we encourage you to consider running an event to commemorate the day, and reflect on the significance of the Apology and the measures needed to ensure that the commitments made are carried out.

Below are some useful resources to help you with your activity:


National Museum of Australia - National Apology page

10 things you should know about the National Apology - Luke Pearson, NITV

Stolen Generations - Website for teachers and students
A new interactive website developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission, featuring personal stories from members of the Stolen Generations, will help schoolchildren around the country understand the impact of the forced removal of children from their families.

Link Up Victoria resource list: http://www.linkupvictoria.org.au/resources/resources/

‘Bringing Them Home report’ (1997) on the Australian Human Rights Commission website

The Healing Foundation website

The Stolen Generations – South Australia Education Kit – includes activity ideas and excellent resource list:

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Apology Day Activities and Resources

National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) Schools Resource Kit

NSDC Schools Programhttp://www.nsdc.org.au/schools/nsdcs-schools-program

Reconciliation Australia Resource Kit:

NATSICC has produced a number of resources and other material to mark the 10th anniversary. Explore the background, impact and progress achieved since the Federal Apology in 2008 at their Apology page



Full Apology Speech    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiLnsFyAVqE

Edited versions            http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/

                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKWfiFp24rA (includes moving images of crowds gathered at events around Australia on the day)

My Place The Apology   http://www.myplace.edu.au/teaching_activities/2008/1/the_apology.html

From Little Things Big Things GrowMusic video by The Getup Mob - featuring Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Herd, Radical Son, Kev Carmody, John Butler

Healing Our Stolen Generations public forum and webinar: Commemorating the anniversary of the national Apology, the Healing Foundation hosted a public forum on 12 February 2015 about healing and the Stolen Generations.


Archie Roach  "Took the Children Away"    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br83o_JpIFw

Dan Sultan "Roslyn" (performed by Loren) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIf-7n0HAac

With Sorry Day fast approaching, Archie Roach has called for Australia’s schoolchildren to be taught his iconic anthem "Took the Children Away" as a history lesson on one of the country’s darkest chapters.

“A lot of countries in the world tend to not talk about all the bad things that happened in history but you need to acknowledge the bad as well as the good; it’s part of the country," he said.

"If we don't, we are condemned to repeat them." Read more