2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History
Friday 5th April 2013
Today is the 16th Anniversary of the Bringing them home: The ‘Stolen Children’ Report (1997) highlighting the attrocities of the Stolen Generations
Comprehensively tracing the past laws, practices and policies affecting the lives of Indigenous peoples is crucial to Australia’s understanding of its history.
Society cannot simply block out a chapter of its history; it cannot deny the facts of its past, however differently these may be interpreted. Inevitably, the void would be filled with lies or with conflicting, confusing versions of the past. A nation’s unity depends on a shared identity, which in turn depends largely on a shared memory. The truth also brings a measure of healthy social catharsis and helps to prevent the past from reoccurring.