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National Sorry Day

May 26 is the National Sorry Day. It is recognised by Knox City Council every year.

The City of Knox acknowledges that it sits on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. Knox City Council recognises, respects and shares in the customs of the people of Wurundjeri and the Bunurong.

Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations

National Sorry Day acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations and their suffering.

Stolen generations are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families and communities.

Together we can take steps towards healing our Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Recognising Sorry Day each year is one such step.

The first National Sorry Day

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998. This came a year after the Bringing Them Home report was passed through Parliament.

The report was about the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. It was a result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.


Knox City Council will be observing National Sorry Day at 10am Sunday 26 May. The ceremony will be held around the Yarning Circle at Knox Civic Centre.

The event will include:

  • A traditional Welcome to Country
  • Smoking ceremony
  • Keynote speech by Aunty Jill Gallagher CEO, VACCHO
  • Message from the Mayor
  • Yidaki performance by Ash Dargan and time to yarn with Aboriginal catering and coffee.

Members of the First Nations Community are always room for you even if the tickets sell out.

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We observed National Sorry Day on Friday 26 May 2023.

A ceremony at the Knox Civic Centre yarning circle included:

  • a traditional Welcome to Country
  • fire lighting and Smoking ceremony
  • guest speaker Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter from the Yoorrook Justice Commission.
  • dance and diidgeridoo performances.


We observed National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week with a ceremony at Knox Civic Centre on Thursday 26 May 2022.

We remembered and acknowledged the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.


In 2021, Knox City Council observed National Sorry Day and the start of Reconciliation Week with a live stream event set among a 'Sea of Hands' installation symbolising solidarity with First Peoples across Australia. The virtual event included traditional Aboriginal ceremonies, a didgeridoo performance by world renowned musician Ash Dargan and the raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.


Our 2020 National Sorry Day event was held online. It included an address by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, the Mayor and a stirring performance by spoken word artist Nikki Madgwick titled 'Unity in the Community'.

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