The national sorry day is held on the 26th of
May each year since 1988.
The Australian government Kevin Rudd said
sorry on the 13th of February 2008. The prime
minister Kevin Rudd offered a broad apology to
all the aboriginals and the stolen generation for
their profound grief, suffering and loss.
The governments truly believed the stolen
generation was the absolute right thing to do.
Aboriginals had NO choice but to follow the
Most of the stolen children were raised in a
church. Some were fostered or adopted by
‘white’ parents. They were totally cut off from
The children were not aloud to go home and
their parents received no encouragement to
Brothers and sisters might see each other every
two or three years but often not at all though.
They were punished when they were caught
talking their aboriginal language.
Some children never learned anything
traditional and received a little bit of
But some aboriginal children learned no
Instead the girls were trained to be domestic
servants and the boys to be stockmen.
Many suffered physical, mental and sexual
Food and living conditions were very poor for
the aboriginal children.
One man stated that he was kept locked up in a
shed for several days and told to eat hay.
The girls were slaves that needed to scrub, iron,
wash and sew or they worked on vegetable
gardens or dairy farms.
Many children believed that their parents
hadn’t been able to care for them or their
parents didn’t want them.