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ECU Recognises National Apology Day

Monday, 15 February 2021

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Over the weekend ECU campuses flew the Torres Strait Islander flag, alongside the Aboriginal and Australian flags to recognise the anniversary of Federal Government's Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Delivered in 2008 by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the Apology marked the first time in Australian history that the Australian government recognised and apologised for the policies and actions taken in the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities.

The Apology was saying sorry for actions that had occurred, leading to the pain and suffering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families, and communities. The Apology didn't intend to serve as an attack on individuals or an admission of personal responsibility. Instead, it expressed sympathy, empathy, and acknowledging the recent past, something Professor Braden Hill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous), says can't be underestimated.

"Almost all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a connection to the Stolen Generations with removal from land, community, culture, traditions and languages resulting in intergenerational trauma and other effects we still see. The power of saying sorry is amazing, and it means a lot to those taken and their families to have their pain and suffering recognised," said Professor Hill.

Teaching resources and information on the Stolen Generations and generational trauma are available on The Healing Foundation website

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