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Marking the 11th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

12 February 2019

The Ballarat community will pause to mark the significance of the 11th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations tomorrow. 

City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor Cr Jim Rinaldi will join KEAG members, Indigenous community representatives and the wider Ballarat community to mark this special milestone. 

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations came about as a recommendation from The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from their Families. 

It highlighted the suffering of Indigenous families under the Commonwealth, state and territory Aboriginal protection and welfare laws and policies. The National Inquiry then led to the Bringing Them Home Report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. 

It contained 54 recommendations on how to redress the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the race-based laws and policies of successive governments throughout Australia. 

Since the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report, state and federal governments have established closing the gap targets built around six core areas - life expectancy, infant mortality, access to early childhood education, reading, writing and numeracy, high school completion, and employment outcomes. 

The anniversary comes as the City of Ballarat prepares to release its third Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 in March. 

The Plan outlines practical steps that the City of Ballarat, in partnership with the community, can take to build reconciliation in our community. It embodies the City of Ballarat’s commitment to supporting the reconciliation process, and closing the gap in disadvantage between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.