Respecting the courage and resilience of the Stolen Generations

Respecting the courage and resilience of the Stolen Generations

26 May 2016 

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) pays its respects to members of the Stolen Generations.

Sorry Day is a time to reflect on the shameful practice of race-based child removal and to honour the resilience of Aboriginal men and women whose lives will never be the same.

National Sorry Day was first held on this day in 1998, one year after the release of the "Bringing Them Home" report.

Bringing Them Home comprehensively documented the abuse and mistreatment of Australia's First Peoples by consecutive Federal and State governments from the 19th century to the 1970s.

Under this cruel policy, the people we now recognise as the Stolen Generations were abused and mistreated. They lost their childhood, language and culture.

Their identity was stolen from them, just as they were stolen from their families and communities.

Sorry Day is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as an opportunity to recognise the courage and resilience of the Stolen Generations.

The tens of thousands of members of the Stolen Generations are survivors and the broader Australian society must never forget the pain they have endured and to support them on their long journey of healing.

Cr Roy Ah-See