Members of the Stolen Generation were recognised ten years later, in 2008, when then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a national apology to the Stolen Generations – an action whose impact is still felt today.
“For me, the apology was a recognition that colonisation had a negative impact on many Indigenous people,” IPS Managing Director Katina Law said.
“The apology allowed Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people to grieve and recognise the trauma that many people still carry. It was the beginning of a healing process that will take many generations.”
Acknowledging and remembering Australia’s hidden history is as vital a part of the healing process as providing practical support for Aboriginal communities and businesses to grow going forward.
Reconciliation Week events will be held all around Australia – go out and get involved!