This material has been prepared by Reconciliation Australia to help Australians understand the background to the apology that will be made to the stolen generations by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Australia is preparing to issue its first formal apology for past mistreatment of the country's Aboriginal people. The declaration by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be the first act of the new government when the Australian parliament reopens in Canberra on February 13. It will acknowledge injustices suffered by Aborigines in the years after European colonization that began in the late 1700s. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.
It's been a long time coming but Australia is about to say sorry to its indigenous people.
February 13 will be a momentous day.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will apologise for injustices of the past, including the forced removal of thousands of Aboriginal children from their families.
These people are known as the 'Stolen Generations' and have come to symbolize the mistreatment suffered by Australia's original inhabitants.
Members of the Stolen Generations have descended on Canberra from all over Australia to witness today's historic apology to Aboriginal people removed from their families.
Hundreds of Indigenous people will witness Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saying sorry for the pain, suffering and hurt of the Stolen Generations, their descendants and the families left behind, in an historic motion in Federal Parliament this morning.
While politicians continue to argue over the meaning and wording of the apology, for members of the Stolen Generations it will be a symbolic event, signifying the first step in the healing process.