Warning signals: Indigenous remembrance and futurity in post-Apology Australia: A reflection from Broome

Therese Verdun Davis

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THE 2008 NATIONAL APOLOGY TO THE STOLEN GENERATIONS WAS MET WITH JUBILANT acclamation from across the country, generating a collective wave of optimism that Australia could be a better place that it had been, even if this was a ‘largely symbolic’ event. Nine years on, the Apology’s promise to make Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians equal partners by ‘closing the gap’ in health and life-expectation has spectacularly failed in all areas bar one,1 while the nation stalls yet again on questions of formal recognition of the first Australians in its handling of the campaign for a referendum on constitutional. What happened to the hope of a better future generated by the Apology as a national politico-media event? What role does Indigenous art and film play as forms of Indigenous remembrance in the post-apology era?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-73
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Humanities Review
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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