Apology anniversary celebrated
IT was the simple statement which made waves around the country.
Members of the Ipswich indigenous community gathered at the Kambu Medical Centre on Wednesday, to mark the anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to all Aborigines and the stolen generations for their “profound grief, suffering and loss”.
The statement was televised around the nation in February 2008. Kambu director Leonie Smit said the celebration had been an opportunity for many who gathered to reflect on their own history and ties to the stolen generations.
“It was something that for them was quite personal,” Ms Smit said.
“Their parents or their grandparents had gone through it. It affected many families.”
She said the celebration aimed to show how significant the apology had been.
“We hope that it is an event which will continue to be recognised,” Ms Smit said.