On Friday May 26 Our special guest was Alfie Bamblett, a local indigenous person from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services, discussing the experiences of the Stolen Generation and reflections from year nine DECV student, Art Swaney.
Pictured (from left to right) Art, Alfie and DECV Principal Bretton New.
Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing them Home, May 1997. The report was the result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The public and political debate about the removal of children was marked by intense political activity since the mid-to-late 1980s. In 1992 Prime Minister Keating acknowledged that ‘we took the children from their mothers’ at a speech in Redfern’. In 1994 legal action was commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. These children who were removed came to be known as the Stolen Generations.