Today is National Sorry Day — a day to acknowledge the grief, suffering and injustices experienced by the stolen generations.
On 26 May 1997, the 'Bringing Them Home Report' was tabled in the Australian Parliament. 23 years on there is still much to be done to heal the harm and trauma caused by forcibly removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.
Today we say sorry for the shocking and shameful injustices of the past.
Today we recognise that just saying sorry isn’t enough. We must work together to address the past and create a better future.
Here in Victoria, we have begun to make progress. Earlier this year, the Victorian Government announced its redress scheme for stolen generation survivors, and the First People’s Assembly is expected to start in 2021.
On the eve of Reconciliation Week, we commit to having an open and honest conversation about our country’s history.
And we commit to listening, learning and supporting the work that must be done for reconciliation and Treaty.
Reviewed 23 June 2021