Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations
National Sorry Day acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations.
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.
The next National Sorry Day is on Sunday 26 May 2024.
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 Llghting 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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