National Sorry Day 2018 marks 10 years since Kevin Rudd’s apology to Indigenous Australians. We look at its impact through the work of photographer Aletheia Casey
Due to parliamentary policies throughout much of the 20th century in Australia, numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their family homes and placed in institutions and foster families. The goal was to create a racially assimilated “white Australia”. The discriminatory policies that existed throughout these years gave the Australian government permission to forcibly remove these children and place them into non-Indigenous families and institutions. They had no contact with their own families, language, culture, belief system or heritage. From the age of about 14, many of these children were sent to work in white households.