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Anniversary of the formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples

The design used on the homepage is from the artwork Antara 2017, acrylic on linen, 122x183cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Mimili Maku Arts, University of South Australia Art Collection by the artist, Ngupulya PUMANI, b. 1948 Mimili, South Australia. Pitjantjatjara.

The National Apology Anniversary is 13 February. This day marks the anniversary of the National Apology made to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who suffered under government policies that removed children. Stolen Generation survivors, their families, and their communities still suffer today from the trauma caused by these policies.

Between 1910 and 1970 thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families and communities by churches, welfare organisations, and governments. The exact number is not known, however, is estimated that up to 1 in 3 Indigenous children were forcibly removed. These children were fostered or adopted by non-Indigenous families or raised in institutions. Many experienced neglect, physical and sexual abuse and exploitative labour, and were denied contact with their families.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Government at Parliament House on 13 February 2008.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, 13 February 2008.

Learn more about the National Apology Anniversary

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