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National Apology commemoration at the Ration Shed

Indigenous culture will be on display at the Ration Shed to mark the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation.
Indigenous culture will be on display at the Ration Shed to mark the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation. Tobi Loftus

THE community of Cherbourg will come together at the Ration Shed Museum this evening to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

The event will feature videos and live acoustic music performed by three of Cherbourg's best musicians.

The event, organised by the Ration Shed Museum, is one of almost 90 being supported by the Healing Foundation around the country this month to mark the apology anniversary today.

Schools, Aboriginal organisations, neighbourhood centres, councils, health and legal services and a healing centre are among those funded by the Healing Foundation this year to celebrate Stolen Generation members, raise awareness of the effects of Intergenerational Trauma, and increase understanding of the healing needs of Stolen Generations members.

"Our Stolen Generations suffered enormously as a result of past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation," Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said.

"The apology was incredibly significant because it acknowledged, for the first time, the pain and suffering inflicted on Stolen Generations members, their families and communities.

"It is important that we commemorate this significant anniversary as a nation and focus on what still needs to be done to address the impacts of unresolved trauma caused by the Stolen Generations policies."

The Ration Shed event will be held today from 5.30pm with music starting at 6pm in the Corroboree area in the Cherbourg Historical Precinct.

For more information call 4169 5753 or 0402 145 820

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