Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal.
The National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) is a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for the rights of the Stolen Generations at the national level. The NSDC was formed in 1998 in response to the tabling in 1997 of Bringing them home, the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.
About Us: Our Vision and Objectives
The National Stolen Generations Alliance (SGA) was formed with three basic principles as the foundations for its work - Truth, Justice and Healing. The NSGA believes that all Australians can respect these principles and many have committed themselves to honour these principles in some way already.
Through the Stolen Generations’ Working Partnership, the Australian Government is inviting a partnership with Stolen Generations and their supporters to address the immediate and practical needs of the Stolen Generations. The majority of Stolen Generations are now over 45 years of age. Many are Elders or leaders in their family or community. Ongoing support is needed to deal with the daily experience of various types of trauma, loss and grief, and to help whole families and future generations to stop the cycle of trauma from continuing.
The Healing Foundation: We are an independent national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on healing our community. We support culturally strong, locally run Indigenous healing programs around Australia and fund education and research on Indigenous healing. These programs grow our children strong, support members of the Stolen Generations, and assist communities to build cultural strength and skill up workers.
The Royal Commissions into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody found that many of the deaths investigated were people who had been separated from the family and communities due to the actions of past government policies. (QLD LinkUp)
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
It is the job of the Royal Commission to uncover where systems have failed to protect children so it can make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices.
On 21 March 2013, the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
The national apology was delivered in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.
Copies of the apology text are below: