26 May is National Sorry Day. It is a day to remember and reflect on the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their family as part of the Stolen Generation policies.
The landmark report on ‘The Stolen Generations’ – the Bringing them Home Report was tabled on this day in 1998.
It is an opportunity for all people to reflect on how the policies of government can lead to such horrible injustices and how we can remedy this now and create policies today, so it never happens again.
Watch ‘SERVANT OR SLAVE’ by filmmaker Steven McGregor
Many Indigenous girls were stolen as young children from their parents and placed in institutions, to be trained as servants who could be assimilated into mainstream Australian society.
The confronting story of five Indigenous Australian women told in their own words, revealing how they were removed from their families and forced against their will to serve in cruel conditions amounting to secret slavery.
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that provides a platform to amplify the voices and lived experience of Stolen Generations survivors and their families.