National apology commemorated
THE third anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation was marked yesterday at Kingscliff TAFE.
About 200 staff and students gathered at the campus gardens to commemorate the day with a tree-planting and plaque ceremony.
Campus manager Fran O’Hara said February 13, 2008, was an historic day for all Australians.
“As much as the apology was about acknowledging the wrongs of the past and making room for our nation’s sorry business to be dealt with in a heartfelt way, it also marks our pledge to begin a new journey together,” Ms O’Hara said.
“The apology is the first step towards healing and hope for a future where all Australians have equal opportunity; it is a foundation for building a bridge of respect.”
Mrs O’Hara explained the significance behind the tree, a native pink hibiscus.
“This flower was adopted because it is found widely across Australia and it is a survivor,” she said.
“Its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.” A barbecue was enjoyed after the ceremony.