Yamatji elder Rob Ronan wasn't directly part of the Stolen Generation, however both his Father and Grandmother were.
It has taken Rob a fair bit of time to research and discover what actually did happen to his family and he gets quite emotional when re-telling the stories.
It was February 13th, six years ago that Kevin Rudd officially apologised to the Stolen Generations of Australia.
The move has brought about some comfort and recognition of what actually did happen.
Rob Ronan is encouraging others to use this day to celebrate National Sorry Day.
"I think it was something that caught a lot of people by surprise.," Rob recalls.
"It's certainly something that is welcome by us, although I don't know if everyone accepts it. We've got our lives ahead of us and so we got to accept a lot of things that we don't normally accept and this is one of them.
"We want to see reconciliation across Australia, and the apology is one of the best ways to show the feelings of the Government, though a lot of people probably don't trust the significance of it but we'll just have to wait and see as years go by."
Rob says it's a day that should be celebrated. "It's a joyful day for me. It's something that we can look back upon and know that there are changes happening, although they appear to be very slow and of course, there are some people who don't agree with what Rudd has done and I pity those people," he said.
"The Aboriginal people have had it tough from day one, and Australia's history as it is written has been very sanitised I feel.
"Aboriginal history tells us more about ourselves, where we've come from and what we've been through than the government has allowed in schools."
Rob is currently working with community groups and schools to share what he says is Australia's other history, and is keen for younger generations to learn and understand what Aboriginal people went through.
IMAGE CREDITS: ABC Open Mid West WA
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY STORIES RECORDED FILM LAUNCH 2014
Below is a Behind The Scenes look at the filming of
"Bundiyarra" by the ICS team.
ICS is in the process of creating the world's largest and most comprehensive anthology of Indigenous stories. A joint initiative of ScreenWest, Rio Tinto, Leighton,
and FTI, the project has already captured 49 story collections, with the target of 100 to be kept beyond the next 100 years, at state and national storage facilities.
The launch will include a special preview screening "Bundiyarra". Produced through the ICS initiative, "Bundiyarra" is the story of the Bundiyarra Founding Elders and how they fought to win their land, in what became one of the first land transfers in Australian history.
The "Bundiyarra" film will be live on the Bundiyarra Website or can be viewed on the Bundiyarra YouTube Channel after some final editing is completed.
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