Sorry Day: 'I lived only five years with my mum'

26 May 2015

Former state ward Kutcha Edwards is a member of the Stolen Generations. Edwards gave a powerful presentation at the Brotherhood's Sorry Day event in Melbourne on May 26, 2015.

He was taken from his parents by 'the welfare' as a baby along with two of his sisters and three brothers. Edwards returned to his family at 13. His first memory of his mother was as a six-year-old when she was permitted a short visit to the institution that was 'home'. 

She waged a long battle with authorities to have her children returned.
'What has been done to me and my family, I want to make sure that it doesn't happen to my great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren,' said Edwards.

The award-winning singer-songwriter delivered his moving presentation yesterday to Brotherhood of St Laurence staff and volunteers at a National Sorry Day event in Fitzroy.  

Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which acknowledges the nation's Stolen Generations.

The Brotherhood thanks Kutcha Edwards for sharing his story of resilience and passing on his message of hope. 

We are equally thankful to Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter who welcomed guests with a traditional smoking ceremony.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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