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This Sunday, 13 February we reflect on the anniversary of the 2008 National Apology to Australia’s First Nations Peoples in the House of Representatives by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

In his landmark address, Mr Rudd apologised for the past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia’s First Nations Peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations.

The motion was supported by the Opposition and passed through both houses of Parliament.

Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. The Apology was broadcast across the country and was watched and warmly received by millions of Australians.

Apology Day marked a landmark moment in Australian history and the movement for reconciliation.

It’s an important time to reflect on how generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have, and continue to be affected, by the past policies of the Australian Government and the ongoing impacts of this on the wellbeing of our First Nations People.

In addition to acknowledging this trauma and loss, the anniversary also provides an opportunity to focus on healing and pursue reconciliation in Australian society.

As an organisation, Communicare is committed to meeting the aspirations of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and supporting First Nations communities on whose lands and waterways we live and work.


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