Josephites "rejoice" in apology to Stolen Generations

The Sisters of St Joseph (SOSJ) have welcomed the Government's decision to apologise to the members of the Stolen Generations this Wednesday in Federal Parliament.

Congregation Leader of the SOSJ Sr Katrina Brill (pictured) said she spoke on behalf of Josephite Leaders and over 1,200 Josephite Sisters nationally. She said some indigenous people had been waiting a "long time to hear the word 'sorry'".

"We rejoice with Aboriginal people in their anticipation and obvious delight at the Government's decision to deliver an apology next Wednesday," Sr Brill said.

"We commend the Government on the process of open and consultative dialogue with Aboriginal people in the lead up to this historic step.

"This positive relationship displays a respect that enables on-going cooperation and engenders a spirit of hope for healing and reconciliation," she said.

Sr Brill said the SOSJ recognise the significance of the apology being the first item of business of the new Parliament, and endorse its underlying message of "empathy, compassion and understanding."

"The Sisters of St Joseph see the apology as an important step towards achieving a justly reconciled Australia, a step towards an Australian identity based on the entire story of this most ancient land," Sr Katrina concluded.

The Sisters of St Joseph live and work in Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Coober Pedy, central western New South Wales, regional Victoria and South Australia, and among communities in most capital cities.

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11 Feb 2008