We Are Sorry

“By signing my name in this book, I record my deep regret for the injustices suffered by Indigenous Australians as a result of European settlement and I offer my personal apology for the hurt and harm caused by the forced removal of children from their families and for the effect of government policy on the human dignity and spirit of Indigenous Australians.

I would also like to record my desire for Reconciliation and for a better future for all our peoples. I make a commitment to a united Australia which respects this land of ours, values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and provides justice and equity for all.”

Source: https://www.aiatsis.gov.au

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I am deeply sorry for the historical and current systemic racism and injustices against our First Nations People. As a researcher and teacher, I pledge to continue with my own self-education whilst working to end this injustice.

Joyce Wu - 1 hour ago

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have suffered grievous injustices perpetuated by foreign powers in the 18th century. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had their land dispossessed, their identity stripped away, children forcibly removed from their families and communities to be indoctrinated. I am very sorry such heinous acts and crimes were committed against our First Nations People. Our First Nations People continue to feel the devastating impacts of forced removal and cultural genocide. Australia has a continuing obligation to alleviate intergenerational trauma and to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians. I am proud to be able to live on land that is home to the world's oldest civilisation. I am committed to continuing to learn and understand the extent of the damage caused and trauma suffered by Australian Indigenous people. I support all policies, initiatives, programs and services that will help us achieve Reconciliation.

Kim Dinh - 5 days ago

I am sorry for what was said, done, destroyed and taken. I am sorry for what is still being asked of you, after all of this time. I am profoundly and deeply sorry for what you have had to endure. I will never understand your pain but I will always stand with you. This is my commitment.

Patricia Roubis - 1 week ago

The Aboriginal people suffered a lot of injustice and had to go through a lot of hardship. I am saddened by how many Indigenous Australians suffered as their culture & spiritual homes were taken away from them. Also, the stolen generations is a regretful past of how innocent children were taken away from their loved ones and culture, it would have been dreadful to be separated from your families. Till today, there is more to be done to improve the well-being of the Indigenous Australians and we must do more to 'close the gap' by ensuring that they are provided with the support that they need. I appreciate the value & essence of Aboriginal culture in our society which is safeguarding the environment, indigenous music/ceremonies or bush/herbal medicine. Otherwise, I am sorry for what you had to go through in the past.

M Abbas - 1 week ago

Sorry means that we don't do it again. Our nation has continued to fail to be truly sorry and correct the atrocities that were committed in the past: in fact we are continuing to commit new ones. I pledge to do what I can to break this cycle.

Edwina Mead - 1 week ago

I celebrate, and I am proud to share the planet with Indigenous Australians. I am pleased to have lived long enough to see this pivotal time - of long overdue recognition of the rich and enduring culture of Indigenous Nations. As I reflect on the way Indigenous culture was taught to me at school, on the values of so-called Christian nuns and priests from my early years and the embedded racism I grew up with, my appreciation for the resilience and genuine leadership of Indigenous peoples only grows. As I read more and more of the shocking history of colonial Australia and note how those colonial values sat in our culture until they simply began to rot, I express my sincere sorrow and anger at the past and ongoing destruction of Indigenous culture, language and shockingly people. Collectively, we have lost so much - more than can be understood most likely.

Beth Kerrison - 1 week ago

The treatment of Australia's First Nations People will forever be a blight on our rich history. All that was stolen from you can never truly be replaced and all that was lost has made Australia a poorer nation as a result, and for that I feel truly sad and sorry.

Roshana Sultan - 2 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry for the terrible hardship, injustice and destruction of your culture since colonisation of this land. I am also saddened by the continued black deaths in custody. Let's hope and work together over the next decade to ensure that respect for and understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples' cultures are strengthened.

Kara Jacob - 2 weeks ago

I am sad and sorry that stolen generations continue to get created. It is frustrating to see that this has become a vicious cycle. I pledge to contribute in whichever way I can to break this up.

Upma Chitkara - 2 weeks ago

We didn’t recognise you as people, perhaps to make it easier to steal from you. We murdered you and trashed your families. We lost your lore and languages. We exploit, tar over and heap plastic waste on sacred and bountiful lands. We barge in and tell you what to do. We put you in gaol and impose lifestyles on you that make you sick. We continue to profit and grow rich while living on unceded land. We know how unjust this is, but colonisation keeps on going. And for all this and more, I am sorry.

Emily Howes - 2 weeks ago

We are sorry for your pain, your hurt, the injustices against you. You have cared for the land, plants and animals for tens of thousands of years. You have learnt to live with the natural land. We appreciate that. No one deserves to be taken away from their family. We stand with you.
Zara, Maya, Andrew and Rachel Keech

Andrew Keech - 2 weeks ago

I am sorry for the traumatic injustices done to you. As a nation, we must do better and work to create a more fair world. I respect that you are the first people of Australia.

S Travis Waller - 2 weeks ago

I'd like to acknowledge the resilience and strength shown by the stolen generation who were forcibly removed from their homes, family, culture and language, along with their families who have also felt the impact of that. I am sorry the trauma you experienced is continuing to effect the health and wellbeing of both you and your families. I'm extremely sorry inequality still exists on multiple levels. I am hopeful for reconciliation and for a better future for every person in this beautiful country we are privileged to live on. I'm committed to standing with our first nations people, as we work together to seek justice and equality for all.

Amanda Burdett - 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry for all the hurt and injustices in the past and for those that continue today. I'm deeply saddened that even though I grew up in Australia, I knew so little about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. I am committed to educating myself and understanding how I can bring about change in my own small way.

Laura Manchester - 2 weeks ago

I am so sorry that First Nations peoples have to keep fighting for respect and to have their voices heard. I am sorry that your children were stolen and that, today, children are not taught the truth about Aboriginal Australia. We have so much to learn from the traditional owners about the land, the sea and sky, and about communtiy, yet we don't listen. For all your pain and struggles, I am sorry.

Julianne Stewart - 2 weeks ago

I am sorry for all the injustices and pain that have been inflicted to aboriginal and torres straight Island people since the beginning of western colonisation. I am committed to reconciliation for a better future and a united Australian nation. I admire aboriginal culture and I feel that it is a great privilege to have in as part of our national heritage.

Pascal Carrive - 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry your land was stolen, and war was waged on your culture. I hope you will lead future generations to safety with your knowledge, that you're given the platform to do so.

Sarah Davies - 2 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry for all of the injustices your people have suffered. I am sorry you are still having to fight against inequality and it has taken so long for your sufferings to be properly acknowledged. I stand with you and hope for a more reconciled, united Australia in the future.

Rachel Vale - 2 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry for the profound intergenerational hurt and harm that dispossession, discrimination, and injustice have inflicted upon, and continue to inflict on, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and am committed to reconciliation, reparation and recognition that this always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Lisa Maher - 2 weeks ago

I am sorry for all of the atrocities of the past and I am sorry that the inequality continues. I shall continue to work towards changing the date of the culturally insensitive Australia Day in the hope to recognise all Australians and hope for a better future in which our First Nations people are truly represented in all walks of life.

Lou Austin - 2 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry about the ongoing impact of Australia's history. I despair at the continued practices of removing children and jailing young people and adults, when we know the reasons and how to listen to ways to avoid such practices. I long for commitment to improve how we live and work together.

Karen Fisher - 2 weeks ago

I believe saying sorry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for The Stolen Generations must be accompanied by action to progress the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Constitutional Recognition. I commit myself to continue to do that.

Eileen Baldry - 2 weeks ago

British and European people arriving in Australia like myself have much to learn about the nation's history and the process and repair. Acknowledging the need to say sorry is an important part of this process and learning, but only the beginning. I support reconciliation.

Oliver Bown - 2 weeks ago

I am sorry for all my past present Nd future brothers and sisters, past and present who have and continued to be subject to a broken system. I am however, eternally optimistic that each day we will move a step forwards towards meaningful reconciliation and truth-telling. Keep up the good fight my
Brothers and sisters I’m with you !

Rhys Spahn - 2 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry and saddened by the past atrocities committed against first Australians, I remain outraged about Indigenous Australians being jailed at a far higher rate than non-Indigenous Australians - many times as young as 10, 12 or 14 years of age. I hope that Australia can collectively wake up to these continuing injustice and change our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors and policies to recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians deserve equality, compassion and policy-change.

Natasha Ginnivan - 2 weeks ago

I am sorry that in 2021 Indigenous children are still being taken from their families. I am sorry that the trauma of forced removal is continuing trauma for generation after generation of Indigenous People. I am sorry that our governments cannot and will not listen to Indigenous people and grant them the self-determination that they need to move forward. I hope that on the 4th anniversary of the handing down of the Uluru Statement from the Heart that the government finally listens to Indigenous People and grants them a voice to parliament so that these antiquated racist policies can be eradicated once and for all. I am grateful for the generosity of Indigenous People in sharing their country and culture with non-Indigenous Australia.

Rebecca Barnes - 3 weeks ago

It is a regret that scars our history. An acknowledgement of the pain that have marked the generations of Indigenous Australians cannot be enough to resolve and compensate our awful past discrimination that still exists today. Many claim that we have changed our ways, yet discrimination against the Aboriginal people still heavily exists in our lives. I am sorry that even today such ignorance is still present, and I am sorry that these effects still resonate in the lives of the Indigenous people. But I have hope that, as our hearts and minds grow, we will make a brighter future for all Australians.

Felicity-Tram Tu - 1 year ago

I am sorry for the injustice suffered by Indigenous Australians since the arrival of European invaders. I pledge to add my voice to those who work towards meaningful reconciliation with and recognition of the original inhabitants of this land.

Katie Levick - 1 year ago

I am sorry for the shameful injustices suffered by Indigenous Australians at the hands of European invaders who arrogantly believed they knew best, and deeply respectful of the wisdom of First Nation people. Let us strive for harmony among us, children of Earth.

Julie Hatfield - 2 years ago

I am sorry for your past, present and future pain. The world is full of horrible people who unfortunately are mostly in the top power positions. The rest of us must use our strength in numbers to vote for better people who will not continue to do terrible things to humans, to animals and to the planet.

Ani Lack - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the indescribable pain and sadness that has happened on the land in which we live and work. I feel privileged to work with our youngest citizens at UNSW Early Years where we explore our history, acknowledge our past, our present and plan for our future. I too am learning every day and pledge to educate myself about our Indigenous cultures.

Kristina Xenos - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for past hurt and I hope that with greater tolerance love and acceptance there comes opportunities for real reconciliation and recognition of indigenous people in Australia

Natalie O'Connor - 2 years ago

I'd like to record my desire for Reconciliation and for a better future for all our peoples. My addition here today is to make a commitment towards a united Australia - which recognises custodians of traditional land and respects the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Junyi Deng - 2 years ago

I am truly sorry. Within my heart and within my head, I am so sorry for the utter injustice that Australia's First People experienced upon and post arrival of the European settlers. The assumption of power by one group of humans over another is more wrong than human words can express. I am so sorry that You - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are still experiencing the impacts of this injustice and the impacts of the deliberate attempts at covering it up. It is a slow route to change, but I hope you see some light ahead. I will do anything I can to support any and all pursuits of reconciliation acceptable by you and I pledge for your forgiveness.

Dorota Wierzbica - 2 years ago

As someone who has always had a deep love for the history of our nation, I am deeply sorry for the atrocities that have been committed. As a child growing up, my brothers and I were lucky enough to have been read Dreamtime stories by our parents before we went to sleep. It is terrible to think that many Indigenous Australians (who belong to these stories) have not had the same privilege in learning these amazing stories of creation. These stories show a deep love and understanding for the land and this is something we can all learn from. We should encourage embracing the true history of this nation, to grow as a solid and unified nation, a society that is unified and against all discrimination.

Rebecca Shuptrine - 2 years ago

I pledge to continue to educate myself about indigenous rights and history, and to encourage others to do the same. I recognise the importance of moving forward together as a nation which embraces and values the culture, rights and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. I am sorry.

Rebecca Martin - 2 years ago

I am so sorry for the pain and losses that the Aboriginial people have suffered. I promise to stand with you and to help in making a change.

Sandra Cepeda - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for the intergenerational pain, trauma, grief and loss, dispossession, discrimination and injustice that colonisation and subsequent government policies have caused (and continue to cause) for Indigenous Australians. I am commitment to meaningful Reconciliation and building an Australian society which truly reflects the values of humanity, dignity, respect, equity, justice, fairness, hope and healing.

Michael Ormsby - 2 years ago

I am so sorry. Our history of dispossession and destruction of the communities, families and life of Australia's first people is awful and shameful. I hope we can make a better future.

Rena Friswell - 2 years ago

I am very sorry for the hurt inflicted on the Indigenous folk of this country and acknowledge the damage it has done to your communities, both in the past and impacting the present. I wish for all your communities a much better future, one in which your people are strong and proud of your heritage, and in which we non-indigenous folk have the hearts and minds to appreciate the value of your culture.

Kara Jacob - 2 years ago

I pay my respects to the Aboriginal Elders, leaders and community members, and acknowledge your strength and resilience. I am committed to supporting Aboriginal self determination, by working with and for Aboriginal organisations.

Sallie Cairnduff - 2 years ago

I am sorry that this country has been built on the cruel and sustained dispossession and oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and that the full story of this terrible history has been obscured for so long. It is a tragedy that Australia has two competing identities – one as an aspirational, egalitarian and free modern nation where opportunity abounds, and another where that opportunity exists due to our shockingly inhumane colonial past. I hope that with more truth-telling, and time, these two threads can come together. This week I will engage more in contemporary Aboriginal art and writing, starting with revisiting Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu.

Elizabeth Beyer - 2 years ago

I am sorry that Europeans arrived and promptly proceeded to do their best to annihilate the owners of the land and to destroy the land itself with their farming practices. I am sorry that the thousands of years of culture and experience of the owners of this land have been disregarded and ignored. I am sorry that this has resulted in such pain, family separation and incarceration. I am hopeful that under the guidance and continued generosity of the owners of this land, that Australia will become the just and principled country that it always should have been.

Mary Poynten - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the indignity and pain that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have faced. The devastation that has been wrought on their culture and lives is incalculable, and an apology is meaningless in the face of the mistreatment they still face. But I am sorry. And I promise to do whatever I can to foster true growth and healing.

Kristina Fidanovski - 2 years ago

I am so very sorry for the mistreatment, disrespect and pain that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have endured since white man's arrival. I'm sorry that despite our sorry, actions speak much louder than words and there is still so much more to be done to heal these wounds and that not enough is being done to address the problems that endure and cause so much trauma today. I promise to teach my children to stand up and honour your plight and inspire them to find ways to repair and heal the wounds that persist today.

Sarah Hytner - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the past and present injustices. I am sorry for all of your great losses. I hope that we can finally begin to move powerfully together in truth. All Australians have so much to gain in acknowledging, understanding and learning from the full breadth of your ancient, peaceful culture.

Josie Van Dorst - 2 years ago

I'm deeply sorry for the injustices and harm inflicted on Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations. Apologizing is not enough. I promise to work hard towards healing for Australia's First Nations Peoples.

Suzanne Chan-Serafin - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the injustices of the past, and the terrible pain and suffering experienced by Indigenous Australians. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to members of the Stolen Generations. I hope we as a nation can do better in the future, especially by working harder to ameliorate the ongoing disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians.

Deborah Mayersen - 2 years ago

I cannot change the past, but I am so deeply sorry for the pain, mistreatments and injustices Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been forced to endure since white man’s arrival. I hope to try to break down the lies, mistruths and misunderstandings that persist, and support empowerment and self-determination for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Gemma Houston - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the pain and trauma brought to you, your family and your ancestors, by the injustice in the past. As a new citizen of Australia, I acknowledge and respect that you are the first peoples of Australia. I will teach my children to stand against injustice and oppression to you. I want to work together with you for this land and the future we share.

Michael Lai - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for all the pain and hurt experienced by Aboriginal people because of European invasion and brutal policies over time. I will do my part to listen to and support the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now and in the future and never forget that it always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

Eimear O'Sullivan - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the pain and suffering my ancestors caused. I am committment to acknowledgeing these atrocities and will actively work towards a more inlcusive tomorrow. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Corrie Playford-Browne - 2 years ago

An apology can barely begin to compensate for the appalling injustices suffered by the indigenous Australians upon the arrival of the Anglo explorers. Let us take the apology only as a starting point and discuss meaningful changes with their leaders ranging from symbolic – permanent flag flying on landmarks for example, through to complete equality before the law and absolute permanence of ancestral land.
John Blair
May 27, 2019

John Blair - 2 years ago

I am so sorry for the harm, cruelty, dispossession and injustice experienced by Indigenous Australians, both in the past and continuing today. I wholeheartedly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and acknowledge that we all can, and must, do more in the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.

Mark Houston - 2 years ago

I am so deeply sorry for the 231 years of injustices imposed on Indigenous communities. I am sorry for the pain and hurt caused by taking children from families, taking land and sea from people and the severing of cultural connections. I pledge to continue to work with you to stop the injustice and build respectful and just communities.

Mailin Suchting - 2 years ago

I am so deeply sorry for the 231 years of injustices imposed on Indigenous communities. I am sorry for the pain and hurt caused by taking children from families, taking land and sea from people and the severing of cultural connections. I pledge to continue to work with you to stop the injustice and build respectful and just communities.

Mailin Suchting - 2 years ago

We have so much to learn. I'm sorry about how behind we are in not just acknowledging the past, but in sharing knowledge amongst and between us.

Helena Chen - 2 years ago

I am the descendant of both a Stolen Generation woman, and colonists who engaged in the exploitation and marginalisation of the First People of Australia. Sorry Day is a complex day for me, where I both mourn for the disconnection from family and country that my Grandmother experienced, and that her relatives experienced, and feel the complex feelings of association with the cause of that need for mourning. Despite all of the complexities that come with my genealogy, I ultimately value and strongly identify with my Nyungar Grandmother and ancestors. I use our language when I can. Ngany boodjah Minang Nyungar boodjah. I see my country as the Southwest of Western Australia, especially the King George Sound region. I hope that in feeling this way, I somehow incorporate the ills of my wadjelah ancestors, into the warmth and love of country of my Nyungar ones.

Shaun Lehmann - 2 years ago

I feel deeply sorry for the past and present injustices that Australian indigenous people have endured. I immigrated here from New Zealand where our Maori culture is a part of us all. We learn the Maori language at school and we are proud of and celebrate our Maori heritage. When I arrived here in Australia it was a bit of a shock to find the indigenous culture was not as entwined in Australian life. We need reconciliation and we need to address the inequalities that continue today.

Rochelle Johnston - 2 years ago

To all the mobs that used to walk this land for thousands of years before us: I deeply feel for your losses...for your children that were stolen; for your families that got broken; for the horrors you've endured; for the dispossession of the country you used to tend and dream. For all the seen and unseen damage past and present, so sorry.

Claudia Echeverria Encina - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for the ongoing terrible injustice to those who lived here as part of this land in a sustainable way for thousands of years: Killings, endless torturing, steeling of the most precious lands, steeling of children, continued humiliation still to this day by governments who do not even try to reconcile.
Now with the ongoing and rapid destruction of Australia's natural environment that you feel so deeply connected with (pollution of oceans and river systems, dying of the Great Barrier Reef, climate change) the humiliation and discrimination just seems to continue forever and reconciliation seems to move into the realm of the impossible.
"Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free..." captures this unbearable injustice and arrogance by people who are now prepared to destroy the very basis of all life just too well.
Please accept my sincere apologies on behalf of all those whose hearts are filled with greed, agony and ignorance and who are incapable of experiencing connection, compassion and peace.

Oliver Kunz - 2 years ago

I am sorry that generations of Indigenous Australians have endured and continue to endure hardship. I hope as a community we can reduce the inequalities that exist between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Simon Lloyd - 2 years ago

By signing my name in this book, I record my deep regret for the injustices suffered by Indigenous Australians as a result of European settlement and I offer my personal apology for the hurt and harm caused by the forced removal of children from their families and for the effect of government policy on the human dignity and spirit of Indigenous Australians.

I would also like to record my desire for Reconciliation and for a better future for all our peoples. I make a commitment to a united Australia which respects this land of ours, values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and provides justice and equity for all.”

Cathy Sayer - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the profound and sustained injustices inflicted upon indigenous Australians since invasion. I am in awe of the resilience of the survivors. I am committed to a better future.

Jane Knowles - 2 years ago

I am sorry that generations of your people have had to stand up and claim what is rightfully theirs instead of being honoured as the owners and custodians of this land. I am sorry that wars which waged have been forgotten and your heroes treated badly. And most of all I am sorry that children have been stolen needlessly from their parents and families.

Olga Pitt - 2 years ago

I'm sorry for settler Australia's continuing refusal to acknowledge and recognise the sovereignty of First Nations. I'm sorry for the punitive approaches our government representatives routinely take to address the consequences of generations of trauma - particularly the ongoing removal of children from their families and the incarceration children.

Benjamin Kelly - 2 years ago

I am so deeply sorry for what has been inflicted in the past as well as the ongoing injustices that continue. I hope that you are able to take comfort in knowing that there are many who stand beside you.

Karen Kriss - 2 years ago

I am horrified by the injustices suffered by Indigenous Australians and sorry that so many of the benefits that I enjoy today came at such a cost to human health, happiness and dignity. The damage cannot be undone, but I sincerely hope that reconciliation is possible and real action is taken in an attempt to make amends. As a new Australian citizen, I pledge my commitment to a united Australia where Indigenous culture and heritage are valued and supported.

Richard Edwards - 2 years ago

A cousin of mine was taken from his mother in the Northern Territory more than 50 years and adopted by one of my Aunts who raised him with her other 3 children. He has faced continuous discrimination throughout his life in spite of my Aunts efforts to support and protect him. I am sorry that he was put through this ordeal and taken from his birth mother like so many others.

Karen Scott - 2 years ago

All Australians share a responsibility to confront the horrific truth of our country's treatment of our First Peoples and, in the same breath, to give our unambiguous support to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the message it contains. We are sorry and we can and will do better.

Donald Sillence - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the five centuries of wars European invaders inflicted on the First Nations of World. I am sorry for the long chain of injustices and mistreatment that followed those conquests. Above all, I am sorry for our shameful inhabitability to stop causing alienation and suffering. I commit myself to the collective effort of building a better future for Indigenous Australians, which indeed means a better future for all. Let us demand and build Reconciliation.

Walter Fernandez - 2 years ago

I would like to stand alongside you and say how sad I feel that people have treated others as though they were evolutionarily inferior. My own grandparents experienced this sort of racial discrimination and vilification in the Americas where they were treated as though they were less evolved as humans because their skin was darker. However, you experienced this treatment in your own homeland, which grieves me deeply. I not only express my sincerest sympathy, but also my deepest admiration for you in your grace to forgive.

Angelo Fraietta - 2 years ago

Sorry seems inadequate in acknowledging the injustices experienced by Indigenous Australians and the terrible pain families that were torn apart suffered. I believe we can all contribute to making positive change in this country and stand against injustices and inequality.

Rosalind Reidy - 2 years ago

My heart bleeds for us all, stand firm in your commitment to be seen and heard so no-one will be able to deny this dreadful thing happened Much love to All

Diane Schipp - 2 years ago

I am sorry. For what cannot be changed but will always be a part of our history, I am sorry. I hope that for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that their heritage is preserved, maintained and acknowledged. That we are consistently working towards reconciliation. That we make a commitment to a united Australia. Sorry is only the start but let's work together towards a better future for all.

Alina Petanec - 2 years ago

As a wahine of NgaPuhi and Ngati Pukena iwi from Aotearoa I stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of Ahitereiria Australia and share my grief in the injustices that were brought upon and continue to impact generations of whanau in this great land. May we all strive to do more and uplift each other. He waka eke noa.

Carleen Dekarski - 2 years ago

I am sorry about the many injustices and poor decisions which adversely affected our aboriginal brothers and sisters. I promise to work towards justice, empathy and healing.

Harshad Barge - 2 years ago

As a 'first generation' Australian and the son of a Mother who survived the Nazi Holocaust and a Father who was interned as a Japanese Prisoner of War in Batavia, I can only begin to share in your pain. I offer my wholehearted apology to the first peoples of this nation and live in hope that The Uluru Statement from the Heart, which outlines the path forward for recognising Indigenous Australians, is enshrined in the nation's constitution.

Danny Gompes - 2 years ago

In solidarity with survivors. I hope we can come together as a nation through the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

Louise Edwards - 2 years ago

As a beneficiary of the actions of my forebears, I cannot escape respoonsibility for the gross injustices done to the indigenous peoples of this country. It is a wound both deep and savage. I sincerely apologize for the hardships that recently arrived Australians have heaped upon the country's original inhabitant. I will continue to work to try provide some balancing reparation. John H. Roberts

John Roberts - 2 years ago

I sincerely apologise for the vast injustices of the past and for the hurt caused to Aboriginal people. I promise to work towards justice and healing for Australia's First Nations people.

Deborah Samuels - 2 years ago

It has been heartbreaking to learn of the past events that have caused a tsunami of pain and suffering for the First Nations people. Sadly, it continues today and I apologize for what has happened in the past and is happening and strongly believe there is a better future if we can embrace each other. I will pledge to help the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders and support restoration, reconciliation and rehabilitation for them where possible.

Joyce Sauk - 2 years ago

It has been heartbreaking to learn of the past events that have caused a tsunami of pain and suffering for the First Nations people. Sadly, it continues today and I apologize for what has happened in the past and is happening and strongly believe there is a better future if we can embrace each other. I will pledge to help the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders and support restoration, reconciliation and rehabilitation for them where possible.

Joyce Sauk - 2 years ago

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.
I hope the injustices of the past can be remedied by the actions of the future.
Sorry.

Jenna McCallum - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for the cruelty and injustice suffered by so many families and generations. Words are not enough to say sorry for the pain, the losses, the damage. May this never be repeated.

Judith Mendoza-White - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the unjust circumstances of the past, and I will do my effort to talk and act against any form of future inequality and oppression that resulted in such indigenous suffering.

Anurag Adhikari - 2 years ago

I am sorry for all the injustices and cruelties that have been inflicted upon Indigenous Australians and acknowledge the importance that the university and we who work there can make to stand up beside all indigenous young people and give them a positive pathway and a true partnership.

Virginia Hine - 2 years ago

Words are not adequate. Sorry is a good start and I hope it is soon followed up by more actions to address ongoing inequalities and injustices for First Nations people.

Matthew Brodie - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for the pain and generational trauma that Indigenous Australians have endured since settlement, and for the injustices that continue. I hope that as a community, we can do all we can to make amends, close the gap and achieve reconciliation.

Ranmalee Eramudugolla - 2 years ago

As a new citizen of Australia, I am only just beginning to learn of the complex and traumatic recent history of this great land. I am sorry for the past injustices that Indigenous Australians have suffered. The rich culture and history of our First Nations people is truly inspiring - from their environmental stewardship of our beautiful country to the rich stories handed down from generation to generation. Sadly, I know that many of the past injustices continue today and that we share a responsibility to do better, and to ensure all Australians live in a just and equitable society.

Fiona Docherty - 2 years ago

I am sincerely sorry for the pain and suffering that you continue to undergo. I hope that indigenous and non-indigenous people here can work together for a better future and that your current and future generations can heal.

Fiona Martin - 2 years ago

The dimensions of suffering and survival of that suffering (past and present) by indigenous/first nations peoples in Australia is with me everyday in some form or another. I am grateful for this chance to say "I am sorry", though I wish these words could carry all the practical and spiritual remediations that indigenous peoples identify are most needed.

Fiona Morrison - 2 years ago

I offer my profound apologies for the history of white settlement and the impacts on the indigenous community, for our lack of acknowledgement of that for so long, and the denial of the ongoing impacts. I acknowledge and feel the loss of what the indigenous way of life, dreamtime stories and thinking may give to us today to help resolve so many problems of our making.

Andrew Lewis - 2 years ago

I am deeply sorry for the treatment of and pain and trauma caused to Indigenous Australia that has pervaded our history and continues in the present day. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Bliss Forrester - 2 years ago

My heart is heavy with sadness for the injustice, pain and suffering that was imposed on the indigenous people of Australia by the European settlers. I am so very sorry that your ancestors lived through such a horrible time in history. I am so very sorry that the present generation has had to live with the consequences of the cruel, unspeakable offences that the European settlers had committed to their ancestors. We cannot erase or change the past, but I have hope for this generation and all the future generations that we treat one another with the utmost respect and love in our hearts. I am sorry and I am hopeful.

Katie Ginis - 2 years ago

The suffering and loss experienced by the Stolen Generation cannot be taken back, but our society must acknowledge this appalling loss and do everything to make amends. I offer my heartfelt sympathy to those affected for the crimes committed against them. May the healing process proceed with energy and commitment from all.

Alan Melrose - 2 years ago

As a migrant to this country 46 years ago, I was more welcomed to Australia by Aboriginal and Torres Strait families (through Indigenous children at my school, who welcomed me and my family into their social networks) than by white Australians, and came to experience the importance of family and friendships to Indigenous communities. It is a national shame that we have no treaty with the First People of this country, or that the Stolen Generation has not been addressed comprehensively. In fact, we continue to see "interventions" imposed by white Australians onto Indigenous communities, and children incarcerated and abused in our systems. I am sorry, and hope that as a country we can address this injustice.

Raina MacIntyre - 2 years ago

Your pain should be our pain too. I am sorry for what you had to go through, and I promise I will do my best to stand up for any injustice against you.

Karen Flores Olave - 2 years ago

I cannot begin to fathom the the level of trauma inflicted by past decisions. With great sorrow and regret I acknowledge the consequences this has had on past, present and future generations. I believe we still have much work to do on several fronts, and I hope that justice and equity for all is something which happens in my lifetime.

Samantha Travers - 2 years ago

I am sorry for the past and present injustice that Indigenous Australians have suffered. I respect your resilience and determination to improve things for future generations on your terms. Your rich culture and history is one if the great untapped resources of our nation. You are an important voice and deserve to be heard. I stand beside you in support.

Lucy Armitage - 2 years ago

I provide my heartfelt apology as a social worker for the part played by my profession in the history of the Stolen Generation.
I pledge my support for the future of my profession and personally to support best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, community members and friends. I say sorry for the wrongs of the past and present and am dedicated to the possibilities of the future. Deborah Boswell

Deborah Boswell - 2 years ago

I stand in respect and admiration of the spirit, knowledge and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the first Australians. I am deeply sorry for the hurt caused by past government policies and the assumptions and ignorance that continue this harm. I want to see an Australia that is committed to the process of truth, acknowledgement of these harms and reconciliation for the future of our communities.

Craig Sinclair - 2 years ago

We can and must do better to recognise the injustices perpetrated on Australia's First Peoples since European settlement

Roshana Sultan - 2 years ago

At this time I reflect on the profound injustices of Australia's colonial past, along with the great heroism of the first Australians who attempted to protect and defend their homeland against the European invasion. I am sorry for the continuing impact this history has on our community, and I believe that we should make good for these injustices.

Sholto Maud - 2 years ago

Most of us can never imagine what it would be like to have our children taken from us. To not know what became of them. Im so very sorry that this ever happened. Lets make sure we all work together to help ensure a better more just society going forward for all people.

Michelle O'Connor - 2 years ago

We can do better to support indigenous peoples and in creating fair and just relationships. I stand in presence of your pain.

Anita McGregor - 2 years ago

I am sorry that terra nullius was used to justify the dispossession of the original inhabitants of this country and still forms the basis to all land law in Australia. I believe that for a fair and inclusive society that where rights have been taken away and where damage has been done, reparations need to be made and this needs to be done proactively. I believe we need a new legal framework or treaty to enshrine these rights going forward.

Catherine Bridge - 2 years ago

I write to record my sorrow for past and present injustices and to pledge to help when opportunities arise.

Joe Wolfe - 2 years ago

I offer my heartfelt apologies for the injustices inflicted upon Indigenous Australians as a result of European invasion. I wish to record my desire for Reconciliation and my wish to commit myself to a better future for Indigenous Australians, along with all inhabitants of this land. I also record my desire to see a greater and respectful understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. - John Napier

John Napier - 2 years ago

As a nation, we must do better to recognise the injustices perpetrated since European settlement. Much respect to to Elders past, present and emerging.

Fergus Grealy - 2 years ago

As a mother, I can only imagine the pain and trauma experienced by the children and families of the Stolen Generations. I am so, so, sorry and feel ashamed of this history. I hope to learn more about our indigenous culture and history, and that more is done today to ensure all Indigenous peoples have access to the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.