Sorry Day: The Struggle Of Indigenous People In Australia

In 1788, Europeans first discovered and settled in Australia. When Australia was established as a colony of Britain, the conflict between Indigenous people and white people had started. The British tried to displace Aboriginal people from their land. They made lots of policies to get rid of Aboriginal people and tried to assimilate Aboriginal people into ‘white’ society. In 1991, the process of reconciliation formally began and this process has been continuing till now. Although the Indigenous Australians suffered under the Australian government in the past, the federal government has in fact been trying to make up and reconcile with them, because the federal government really feels sorry for what happened to Aboriginal people in the past and …show more content…
However, as the government, the thing they should do is to say sorry to all of them. According to Cultural Survival (n.d.), it suggests that ‘a change in administration led to a national apology from the government for the Stolen Generations, and the country as a whole celebrates Sorry Day’. Sorry Day is in honor of mistreated Aboriginal peoples. This shows the federal government reflects on the past and conveys that they are willing to reconcile with them. Saying sorry to Indigenous people preserves their dignity and respect. Besides, in 2008, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a public sorry speech on Sorry Day, which is regarded as a formal apology to Indigenous people. In this speech, he stated that ‘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’ (‘Parliament of the World’s Religions 2008). This formal apology healed a lot pain of Indigenous people and showed it’s important for the federal government to build a kind relationship between Indigenous people and the Australian government. The public apology is the most powerful, which encourage non-Indigenous people and Indigenous people to forgive the past and face a beautiful future

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