15th Anniversary of the National Apology


Pathfinders staff from Family Connect and Support, Out of Home Care and Non Placement Support Services on the Mid-North Coast attended Biripi ACMC commemoration ceremony, of the National Apology in the 13th of February in Taree.

The National Apology is considered a milestone step toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. On the 13 February 2008 the Prime Minister’s speech was met with applause, tears, and relief from many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including members of the Stolen Generations, present in the House of Representatives. Thousands of people gathered throughout the country to watch a broadcast of the Apology, including hundreds watching from the Great Hall and thousands on the lawns outside Parliament House.

In a very moving ceremony in Taree our staff listened to guest speakers and stories from survivors of the Stolen Generation. The Taree High Schools Aboriginal Dance Group’s performance was outstanding and very moving for everyone present.

We thank the team at Biripi ACMC for the invitation, and for providing our staff and the community with an opportunity to come together and commemorate the day.