On 13 February 2009, the first anniversary of the motion of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples, the Australian Government announced its intention to establish a Healing Foundation to address trauma and aid healing in Indigenous communities, with a particular focus on the Stolen Generations. $26.6 million over four years was allocated in the 2009-2010 Budget to establish the Healing Foundation.
The report, Voices from the campfires: Establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation is the culmination of four months of consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop a model for establishing the Foundation. More than 450 people attended 18 workshops and forums across Australia, and 48 written submissions were received.
The Australian Government thanks all those people who had the courage and the faith in the importance of healing, to tell their own stories and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Team and the team's patron, Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation was established on 30 October 2009.