Stolen Generations Australia supporters outside Darwin Federal Court, 2000.
Sorry, Tony Albert, Gallery of Modern Art,
Official government estimates are
that between one in ten and one
in three Indigenous Australian
children were forcibly taken from
their families and communities,
between 1910 and 1970, affecting
all regions of the country. They are
called “the Stolen Generation”.
Group 2: A formal national apology
The first National Sorry Day was held on May 26th 1998,
but at the time, Prime Minister John Howard refused
to officially apologise for the mistreatment that was
done to the Indigenous people of Australia. It is only
10 years after, in 2008, that Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd decided to take this responsibility and to finally
acknowledge those mistreatments.
“Kevin Rudd’s national apology to the Stolen Generations”,
ABC News (Australia), 2008.
Group 3: Closing the gap
On 13th February 2008,
the Federal Government
made a formal
Apology to Australia’s
Indigenous people, and
launched the “Closing
the Gap” campaign
to help Indigenous
Australians get better
life conditions. Ten
years after, in 2018, a
Kevin Rudd about the
results of this campaign.
Based on the picture and the text, make
suppositions about what aspect of Reconciliation
you expect to hear about.
Watch the video and pick out key words to
confirm your hypotheses. Be ready to present it.
Go on the Internet, look for events that are
organised on National Sorry Day every year. What is
Useful vocabulary: From what I can see on the
screen capture / read in the text, I suppose...
The video might be a speech / testimony /
I believe it might deal with…
I was (partially) right, it dealt with…
I was (partly) wrong, it was actually about...
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Share your findings with the other groups and learn
about the other aspects of the issue.
What do they have in common?
What do you think about National Sorry Day and the
events associated to it?
Useful vocabulary: The videos all refer to / mention
the fact that…
They are all illustrations of…
The goal of the events organised on Sorry Days is
to promote / share...