Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Date: 13/02/2017

Monday 13th February marks the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples – a sacred moment in our nation's history that must never be forgotten. Find out how you can commemorate this important anniversary!

As we approach the anniversary of the historic Apology we know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are still grossly over-represented in our prisons, in out-of-home care, are still dying in custody and are still subjected to racism on a regular basis. There is still much work to do.

Events will be held around Australia to commemorate this important day.




You are invited to a morning tea organised by Link-Up Victoria in partnership with the City of Darebin to commemorate the Ninth Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Government to be held on Monday, 13th February, 2017.

Starting at 10.30am and finishing at 12.00 this event will be held in the Darebin Council Shire Hall, 286 Gower St PRESTON

Everyone welcome to come along and join us in commemorating this very historical day for all people of Australia.


To RSVP or for queries contact:

Link-Up Victoria

273 High Street, Preston, Ph (03) 9480 7377 Fax (03) 94793788.  Freecall 1800 687 662


PO Box 191, Preston VIC 3072




Celebration of the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology - Shepparton

Each year since the National Apology, the Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group, in conjunction with Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, Greater Shepparton City Council, Yorta Yorta Nation, ASHE, local secondary schools and other community organisations, has commemorated the anniversary of this milestone in our nation’s history.

Mon. 13 February 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Queens Gardens, Welsford Street, Shepparton

Registration is essential to ensure there is breakfast for all

Info: Dierdre 5821 6600 or Bobby 0434 279 653

We encourage you to consider running an event to commemorate the day, and reflect on the significance of the Apology and the measures needed to ensure that the commitments made are carried out.

Below are some useful resources to help you with your activity:



Reconciliation Australia Resource Kit - includes transcript of Apology speech, fact sheets, Bringing Them Home Report, activity ideas, timeline:

National Museum of Australia - National Apology page

10 things you should know about the National Apology - Luke Pearson, NITV

The Stolen Generations – South Australia Education Kit – includes activity ideas and excellent resource list:

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Apology Day Activities and Resources

National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) website: 

NSDC Schools Program:

Australian Government website: Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations – excellent resource list:

Link Up Victoria resource list:



Full Apology Speech

Edited versions  


(includes moving images of crowds gathered at events around Australia on the day)

Nomad: Apology (It’s Time):, Hugh Jackman and more contribute to this powerful music video that incorporates the Prime Minister of Australia's original "Apology" speech to Parliament.


My Place The Apology


From Little Things Big Things Grow (Get Up Stand Up Version): Music video by The Getup Mob performing From Little Things Big Things Grow - featuring Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Herd, Radical Son, Kev Carmody, John Butler


Healing Our Stolen Generations public forum and webinar: Commemorating the anniversary of the national Apology, the Healing Foundation hosted a public forum on 12 February 2015 about healing and the Stolen Generations.


Archie Roach  "Took the Children Away"

Dan Sultan "Roslyn" (performed by Loren)