La Trobe applauds apology to the Stolen Generations

La Trobe applauds apology to the Stolen Generations

12 Feb 2008

Statement by La Trobe University Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson:

La Trobe University recognises the unique place occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the history, culture and future of Australia.

As a university established on principles of social justice and service to communities, we fully support the national apology to the Indigenous Australian communities, particularly members of the Stolen Generations.

Saying ‘Sorry’ is a significant step towards Reconciliation. Whilst acknowledging past actions, we believe the apology will encourage Australia’s maturity as a nation. We hope existing relationships are made stronger and provide much needed development within Indigenous Australian communities through appropriate consultation, representation and partnerships.

Prime Minister Rudd’s leadership in this action is commendable and we urge all Australian governments to build upon this occasion to create a future where the social and economic disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people no longer exists.

La Trobe University is committed to providing educational opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as students, staff, research partners and members of the broader Australian communities we serve.

Contact:

Phone:

Email:

La Trobe Media Release RSS