Healing foundation announced

Jenny Macklin – Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Anniversary of Apology – Sorry is more than just a word exhibition

13/02/2009 Australian Parliament House Canberra E &OE – PROOF ONLY


“Today I am pleased to announce that the Government will establish a Foundation to provide practical and innovative healing services.

Including training and research, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially Stolen Generation members and their families.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the establishment of this Foundation will be led by an interim group headed by Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue and Mr Greg Phillips.

“Dr O’Donoghue is with us today. She is a senior Stolen Generation member and a former Australian of the Year.

Mr Phillips is also with us today. He has standout expertise in the area of Indigenous peoples’ healing and trauma.

These community leaders will bring sensitivity, compassion and direction to this important work.

We hope crucial partnerships will be forged to draw on the important contributions of the Stolen Generations Alliance and National Sorry Day Committee, and others who participated in the Healing forum.”

full media release

see also http://www.alp.org.au/media/0209/msheagiapm130.php

“Funding for the Foundation will be announced in the 2009-10 Budget context..”