Today marks the 13th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
On this day, we pay tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families, and reflect on the gross violations of their human rights at the hands of unjust government policies and practices. Through commemorating this day, we recommit to never allowing this to happen again.
The apology, while a significant marker in our shared history, did not lead to the structural and systemic change that our people have long been calling for. 13 years on from the apology, our children are still being removed by the State at 16.1 times the rate of non-Aboriginal children in Victoria. We are still working towards healing and justice for Stolen Generations and their families, with the long overdue Redress Scheme announced last year a positive step in the right direction.
Today and every day, we stand with Stolen Generations and their families in their fight for justice. We acknowledge the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and continue to work towards structural and systemic change through Treaty and Truth-telling, so that history is never again repeated.