On National Sorry Day 2022, the staff of the Judicial College of Victoria pay our respects to our First Nations peoples: the oldest living culture in the world.

Our work affords us the privilege of seeing their strength and resilience firsthand.

On this day we remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of the Stolen Generations of Australia. 

We are sorry for the pain suffered by First Nations children who were forcibly removed and placed in institutional care or with non-Indigenous families.

We acknowledge that this happened across multiple generations of families, contributing to a deep sense of loss of identity. The attempt to remove the richness of Aboriginal language, wisdom, dance, song, and spirituality continues to be a tragedy.

We recognise that this trauma continues to be felt today and every day.

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

As Reconciliation Week begins (27 May – 3 June), we embrace the challenge to Be Brave. Make Change in our own work on cultural re-evaluation and self-determination.

The Judicial College of Victoria welcomes the process of reconciliation, treaty and truth-telling that has started with the Yoorrook Justice Commission and will continue with Makarrata Commission.

Together we can embrace the winds of change and learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week