Come On Canada, You Can Do It!

The courage to apologise and to forgive

Patrick Dodson
February 14, 2008

. . . “Today the nation, through our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has apologised to the thousands of indigenous people over many generations who were stolen or forcibly removed from their families, countries, languages and culture. It takes courage to apologise. It takes courage to forgive. It takes courage to begin a journey when the destination is imagined but not known . . . read more

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This is the text of the apology:

“Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.
The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.
We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.
We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.
And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.
We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.
For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.
We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.
A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.
A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.
A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.
A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.
A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.”

~ by byrningbunny on February 15, 2008.

One Response to “Come On Canada, You Can Do It!”

  1. It takes time and generations to see and admit what Europeans really have done to others. But I do think and hope, that we in a “Flat World” soon will realize our misbehaviour and start competing again. Not staying too long as “Upper Class”. We have indeed outsourced manufacturing and IT to China and India and former Eastern Europe. Africa and South America is next to come.
    Wake up White Man. Do your honest Work

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