13 Feb 10th Anniversary of the National Apology given by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology given by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008 on behalf of the Australian Government. This apology was a step in acknowledging the painful history of the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This was a significant mark in Australian history to begin the journey of healing and there continues to be much more work to be done.
Curijo commemorates this important day and recognises it as a key factor in creating change and developing pathways to improve the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through education and employment opportunities. For many of our staff, such as our CEO Belinda Kendall, the Stolen Generation is close to their own hearts with many family members who have been affected by the Stolen Generations. Belinda’s mother, Carol Kendall was an advocate for healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and rallied for national acknowledgment of the Stolen Generation. Carol once held the role Co-Chair of the National Sorry Day Committee but sadly passed away before Prime Minister Rudd’s apology. You can read more about Carol’s story here : – http://www.abc.net.au/…/carol-kendall-stolen-genera…/7157412
Belinda’s personal experience of her mother being a member of the Stolen Generation provides a solid and empathetic foundation of wanting to create better pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is one of the many things that drives her to do the work which she does and for becoming a partner of Curijo.
This difference in our experienced team allows us to create genuine change, a compassion for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a voice to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Curijo is committed to creating positive change through our two-way learning philosophy and providing an empathic and realistic approach when working with our communities through healing opportunities.