Celebrating National Apology Day

Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services will hold a gathering to commemorate the 8th anniversary of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s national apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

The gathering will be held at Maroubra beach on Monday, 15 February from 11:00am to 2:00pm and will feature cultural dancers and performances for everyone to enjoy. Free food and drinks will also be provided on the day.

This day provides Australians everywhere with the opportunity to listen and reflect on our troubled past with Australia’s first people. It also serves to highlight the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in a broader Australian culture. Aboriginal Australians are still disadvantaged compared to white Australians. Aboriginals are still behind in education, life expectancy and economic opportunity and are over-represented in many of our services, most notably our homelessness service.

At Youth Off The Streets we place a key focus on education, and how it is vital in breaking down disadvantage and empowering future generations. An example of our focus is the ASPIRE program, where we offer culturally appropriate teaching strategies to Aboriginal students. The program works in partnership with Aboriginal Elders, local service providers, government departments and community members.

Closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is not an easy task. That is why days such as National Apology Day mark significant milestones where we get a chance to reflect on the past and look to the future. All Australians should make the most out of this opportunity and get involved by attending a local community gathering.

 

Father Riley is available for interview.

For any media requests, please contact:

Youth Off The Streets:

Sara Garcia

Email: SaraG@youthoffthestreets.com.au

Phone: 02 9330 3556 / 0475 989 737

Youth Off The Streets Mission:

Helping young people to discover greatness within, by engaging, supporting and

providing opportunities to encourage and facilitate positive life choices.

About Youth Off The Streets:

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse. Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.

Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.

It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.

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