Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has joined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the border to mark National Sorry Day.
Attending the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service National Sorry Day, Ms McGowan said the day was also a chance to recognise the importance of reliable and adequately funded Indigenous health services and mental health services.
“We need to ensure Indigenous communities are supported and have equity of access to services,” Ms McGowan said.
Two years ago, Ms McGowan delivered a formal apology on behalf of Indi to the stolen generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who live, or have lived, in Indi. Ms McGowan committed to the apology during her 2013 election campaign.
Ms McGowan said National Sorry day was an opportunity for the significant pain, hurt and suffering of the Stolen Generations and their descendants to be acknowledged.
Mc McGowan described the formal apology as one of her proudest moments in her first term as the Independent Member for Indi. “This was a humbling occasion for me to honour the strong and inspiring Aboriginal people, communities and organisations that live and prosper in Indi,” she said.
Ms McGowan thanked the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Indi for the way they have embraced her as the local MP and the continued education she receives about the local history and culture of Indigenous groups.
“All the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are important in Indi, and we are grateful for the contribution you continue to make to our area,” she said.