[Australia] The Apology

Phil Coomes – BBC News – Wednesday, 04 Junes 2014 (originally published )

Aletheia Casey
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Photographer Aletheia Casey recently returned to Australia after living abroad for five years and began work on a project looking at the process of reconciliation and apology to indigenous Australians. To mark National Sorry Day in Australia, Casey writes about the work.

Shortly before I left Australia in 2008, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to the First Peoples of Australia and recognized the ongoing trauma and dislocation that the colonization of Australia has had on the Indigenous Peoples of this land. He also made a specific formal apology for the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their homes which occurred from the 1920s until well into the 1970s in Australia.

And so I decided to explore these themes, with a direct emphasis on indigenous women, as I believe that indigenous women throughout the past have been marginalized from Australian society, and these women have had to struggle even harder than men to have their voice heard within the Australian cultural context. It is important not to underestimate the ongoing effects of what has happened in the past and how this resonates in the present and affects future generations . . .

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