Part of the audience at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus Lecture Theatre viewing the now famous apology to indigenous people made by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
Part of the audience at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus Lecture Theatre viewing the now famous apology to indigenous people made by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Picture: CONTRIBUTED unknown

Celebrating the day we said “sorry”

IT'S hard to believe it's been already been five years since the national apology to Australia's indigenous community.

To mark such an anniversary Coffs Harbour Education Campus hosted a celebration of the anniversary of the national apology.

Activities included a panel discussion flowing a screening of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's now famous apology speech followed by a delicious bush tucker lunch.

"It has been five years since the apology at Parliament House in Canberra, so it's only right that we pause and remind ourselves of that milestone and consider in 2013 how and where we are going with our ways of working and learning together," campus manager, Paul Taylor, said.

According to Mr Taylor, there is evidence of success in many areas and there have been some distinct positive shifts.

"For example, since the National Apology in 2008, we have seen annual enrolments at our two Coffs Harbour Campuses, of Aboriginal people in higher qualifications - Certificate III, IV and Diploma - increase from 57 to 75 last year at the Glenreagh Street Campus and from 102 to 237 at CHEC, an increase of 32% and 133% respectively," he said.