CEO Message

Ngaji gurrijin,

It was only a few days ago that we heard the sad news of the passing of one of our greats, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG. A Yankunytjatjara woman, Aunty Lowitja was a Stolen Generations survivor and respected leader who fought her whole life for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Vale Aunty Lowitja, we mourn your passing but stand committed to continue your work.

Of the legacies left by Aunty Lowitja her work on the National Apology to Stolen Generations, and subsequent creation of The Healing Foundation, is one that resonates closely. On the coming Tuesday, 13 February there will be events marking the Anniversary of the National Apology across the country, we encourage you to join and stand with survivors and hear their calls. We must remember the commitments made to survivors, and the intent underlying the Closing the Gap statement; to face the truth of our history and address the ongoing impacts that remain.

I continue to be inspired by the work of Link Ups and Stolen Generations organisations across the country and look forward to supporting and amplifying their work through our Collective Healing Grants.

In preparation for the 16th anniversary of the National Apology, I remind you that reflecting on the Apology is important, it is not the of counting anniversaries that future generations will be shaped by, it is the actions we take and the change we make.

Gala mabu,

Shannan Dodson


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