10th anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
Today, 16 November 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of the Australian Government’s Apology to Forgotten Australians (people who spent time in care between the 1920s and 1980s) and Former Child Migrants. It was an unqualified apology for the "physical suffering, the emotional starvation and the cold absence of love, of tenderness, of care" while growing up in out-of-home care across the nation.
We placed commemorative flowers on the Memorial Garden at Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford (Vic) to remember, honour and acknowledge the experiences of former residents of Good Shepherd institutions.
We acknowledge people’s diverse experiences, including loss and trauma, while living in out-of-home care. We are continually learning about how to reach out and listen to people affected by their experience.
With the rest of the nation, we say the wrongs of the past must not be repeated.