Uniting

Apology

Apology to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Uniting recognises that Australia's first peoples, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, are the traditional owners and custodians of the land. We express deep sorrow for the mistreatment and trauma that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced and continue to experience through colonisation and dispossession of land.

Uniting affirms the Uniting Church in Australia's recognition of the role played by churches and their institutions in implementing racist and paternalistic government policies. In particular, Uniting apologises for any participation our agencies had, knowingly or unknowingly, in the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, communities and country.

We are sorry for the deep trauma, hurt and grief experienced by Australia's Stolen Generations. We acknowledge that the past policies and practices to remove children from their families have torn at the heart and essence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for their strength and resilience in the face of these enduring injustices.

Uniting commits to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to assist in healing the wrongs of the past by addressing the serious and ongoing impacts of disadvantage. We will do this by respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, knowledge and culture and seeking to rebuild trusting relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families and their communities by working respectfully together.