Today, Wednesday 13 February 2019, marks the 11th anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology on behalf of the Australian Government to the Stolen Generations whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation.
One of the recommendations in the Bringing Them Home report that was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997 was having a day of commemoration. The ‘Sorry Day’ is officially held on 26 May, with the first commemoration taking place in 1998.
The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families continues to affect the health and social wellbeing of communities and families.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recognises the importance of remembering and continuing to acknowledge this harmful policy, which lasted almost one hundred years, and for psychiatrists as a group to continue to practice and support reconciliation.
For more information, see Position Statement 42: Stolen Generations