Number 32 - April 2000
Put Up Your Hand!
Monday 10 April in the grounds of St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane
many people came together to say SORRY to the Indigenous
people of this land. Generations of Indigenous people have suffered
and continue to suffer as a direct result of the forced removal
of children from their families. The event affirmed and supported
the recent words of Archbishop Bathersby:
Australians cannot ignore the fundamental truth and reality
of the prior existence and possession of this land by Aboriginal
people before European settlement. Their consequent dispossession,
decimation as a people, and cultural destruction is the fundamental
reality and the original sin of our nation.
It is not surprising that so much anger and emotion is aroused
when Australians seek to ignore this fundamental truth. Indigenous
people must rightly feel that there has never been an adequate
recognition of the truth of the Australian situation - facts
that are easily discerned by any simple study of Australian history.
Until all Australians take appropriate steps to recognise that
original truth, there will be no true reconciliation.
The event was marked by a mini Sea of Hands (pictured)
and was sponsored by Justice Place organisations.