Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said National Sorry Day was an important day in the life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially for those of the Stolen Generations.
“It’s important to acknowledge the impacts suffered by the Stolen Generation, but also to celebrate the enormous contribution of Indigenous people to the fabric of this country,” the Minister said.
“This is a significant week for Indigenous people throughout Australia, and across the country many community events today will mark National Sorry Day and others will mark National Reconciliation Week.
“I congratulate the many organisations, including the National Sorry Day Committee, and many individuals who have organised events which play a vital role in bringing communities together.
“I want to mark today by reaffirming my commitment to doing everything that can be done to improving the circumstances of Indigenous Australians.
“Recent reports have highlighted that there is still much to be done if we are to Close the Gap.
“The Abbott Government’s focus on getting children to school, adults into work and ensuring communities are safe will have major impacts across the Closing the Gap targets.
“The Government’s new approach in Indigenous Affairs heralds a new engagement with First Australians, ensuring that our policies and programmes meet the priorities and needs to communities, rather than imposing one-size-fits-all solutions.
“It’s only by genuinely listening to, and responding to, the needs of communities that we can make the real inroads that are needed to Close the Gap.”
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2014-05-26 Sorry Day.pdf