Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Kalgoorlie-Boulder hosts National Reconciliation Forum

    17/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts today gave a keynote address at this year’s National Reconciliation Forum in Kalgoorlie.


    The 2008 National Reconciliation Forum encourages and engages Government, not-for-profit agencies, business and the community to promote an understanding that reconciliation is the responsibility of all Australians.


    Mrs Roberts said Western Australians have an opportunity to build on the historic apology Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave to the Stolen Generations earlier this year.


    “The theme of this year’s reconciliation forum is Success Breeds Success,” Mrs Roberts said.


    In her speech, the Minister highlighted the work of the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) in completing and supporting other Government agencies to develop and implement Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP).


    “The implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plans in Government agencies will ensure that public sector staff have the benefit of cultural awareness training,” she said.


    Mrs Roberts said the State Government was working with the private sector to create reconciliation opportunities, like the PALS program which has been developed with BHP Billiton.


    “PALS encourages young people, to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationships that exist in their local community between indigenous and non-indigenous people,” she said.


    “In only three years, 25,000 students have been involved in more than 140 PALS projects across Western Australia.”


    The Minister also highlighted the State Government’s commitment to Redress WA, a $114million scheme to provide reparations to those people who were abused in State care, including members of the Stolen Generations.


    The National Reconciliation Forum concludes on Thursday, June 19, 2008.


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