Rights and freedoms Defining Moments, 1945–present
Investigation 1: Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights through key Defining Moments
1.27 2008 National Apology to the Stolen Generations
It is 2008.
The 1997 Bringing Them Home report has revealed stories of loss, harm and abuse of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and placed into institutions for their care.
There is pressure for the Australian Parliament to apologise for the harm done.
1. Who are the ‘Stolen Generations’?
2. What government policies contributed to their situation?
3. What impacts did these policies have on Aboriginal children and families?
4. Why did the Australian Government make an official apology?
5. Why do you think a government would apologise for policies that it did not itself introduce?
6. What was the significance of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rights?
7. How would this event have influenced the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rights over time?