Stolen Generation

History

When is National Sorry Day?

National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May since 1998 to remember and honour the mistreatment of Australia’s indigenous population. 26 May carries great significance for the Stolen Generations, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and non-indigenous Australians. The annual National Sorry Day commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, but also on their families and communities.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sorry_Day

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http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/stolen-generations-timeline

What government was responsible for the apology speech and was the person who said it a part of that government?

The apology speech was said on the13th of February 2008 at 9:10 when the labour government was in charge. A man by the name Kevin Rudd was prime minister at the time and he was also the man to say the apology speech. The speech went for just over 4 minutes in total.

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http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/our-people/apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-02-13/cheers-tears-as-rudd-says-sorry/1041628

When was the first National Sorry Day?

The first National Sorry Day was held on May 26, 1998, which was one year after the tabling of a report about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The report, known as Bringing Them Home, acknowledged that Indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families and communities since the early days of European occupation in Australia. Governments were responsible for this forced separation. Many Indigenous children were forcibly taken away from their families in the name of assimilation between the 1900s and the 1960s. These children are known as the “Stolen Generations”. They were brought up in institutions or fostered families. This removal was official government policy in Australia until 1969.


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http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/national-sorry-day


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http://splash.abc.net.au/media?id=98693

Do you think that the apology speech was enough to say sorry?

I think that it was important that the government said sorry to the Indigenous, but this does not undo the pain and suffering that they went through. If they wanted to find their family, the Australian Government could support them to discover their family heritage.


What prompted the government to say sorry?

Kevin Rudd thought that it was time to reconcile the actions of the past with our future. He said it was "To remove a great stain from the nation's soul and in the true spirit of reconciliation to open a new chapter in the history of this great land Australia." Kevin wanted to acknowledge the pain that these Indigenous Australians had gone through.

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http://www.news.com.au/national/pm-moves-to-heal-the-nation/story-e6frfkw9-1111115539560