On the 13th of February the Cherbourg community came together to mark 10th anniversary of the Apology at the Ration Shed Museum
It was an extremely hot day but that didn’t stop many in the community who were invited to bring picnics and come and listen to music and talks. The event featured videos and live acoustic music performed by three of Cherbourg’s best musicians – Rocko Langton, Stevie Hart and Andrew Beckett. The lovely Lily Gray was the MC and Eric Law and James Hopkins spoke eloquently about the Apology and where to from here .
HIPPY Cherbourg had invited newly enrolled families to participate in the event and each family received a picnic hamper. It was wonderful to see families enjoying the picnic with their children. The Many Threads women also organised a get-together and many came with their families too.
The event, was one of almost 90 being supported by the Healing Foundation around the country this month to mark the Apology anniversary on 13 February.
Schools, Aboriginal organisations, neighbourhood centres, councils, health and legal services and a healing centre are among those funded by the Healing Foundation this year to:
- celebrate Stolen Generations members;
- raise awareness of the importance of acknowledging and addressing the effects of Intergenerational Trauma, and
- increase understanding of the healing needs of Stolen Generations members.
“Our Stolen Generations suffered enormously as a result of past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation,” Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said.