National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2014

By May 26, 2014 Events

Today is National Sorry Day—a time to acknowledge the impact of policies that saw the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, known as the Stolen Generations.

On 26 May 1997, the Bringing Them Home Report was tabled in Federal Parliament. Not only did it reveal a painful and hidden chapter of Australia’s history, it made a variety of recommendations including that there be a national ‘Sorry Day’ held each year.

The annual National Sorry Day commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, and also on their families and communities. Healing is an important aspect of reconciliation for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and an essential ingredient in generating the kind of long-term success that is in all our best interests. Sorry Day is a chance for Australians to come together and support each other on their journey of healing.

National Reconciliation Week starts tomorrow, and there are over 800 registered events happening around Australia.

More people than ever are participating in #NRW2014 which shows that Australians are getting behind this year’s theme of ‘Let’s Walk the Talk’.

Join in the celebrations this #NRW2014—click on the map and see what’s happening in your local area.

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