2008 – Apology to the Stolen Generations

On February 13, then-Prime Minister delivers a landmark apology to the Stolen Generations. Thousands of Aboriginal people gather in Canberra to watch the Apology, which is also televised across Australia. Mr Rudd delivers the following apology: “For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.”