Sorry Day and Bringing Them Home Report Anniversary

Date: 26/05/2017

National Sorry Day is a nation-wide observance held on May 26 each year.  This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

As a united act of solidarity we encourage you to attend some of the many Aboriginal led events this Sorry Day.

 

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report.  Events will be held in many places around Victoria to commemorate Sorry Day, including in Shepparton, Bendigo, Ringwood, Geelong, Knox, Banyule, Port Phillip and Federation Square.  

Visit our Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week Online Calendar to find out if there's an event near you, and if you are holding a public event we invite you to register it on our calendar here

For more resources and ideas on how to commemorate Sorry Day on 26 May, visit Link Up Victoria or our webpage.  

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation is hosting a lunch to commemorate National Sorry Day on Friday 26 May.

Event includes a Welcome to Country. Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Fisher, aka Den the Fish, and entertainment by James Henry, multi-talented singer/song writer, composer, musical director.

12.30 – 2.30pm, South Melbourne Community Centre, cnr. Ferrars Place and Park Street, South Melbourne. All welcome. 
Lunch and refreshments provided. Gold coin donation appreciated.

For bookings and information, contact PPCfR: 9699 8804 
rosemary.rule@gmail.com


Bringing Them Home Report Anniversary

#BTH20 is about marking the 20th anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report. The report was the result of a national inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission that heard from approximately 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and extensively documented the experiences of Stolen Generations members.

20 years on, #BTH20 is about sharing the stories of Stolen Generations members, and this part of Australia’s history. #BTH20 is about acknowledging the past, looking to the future and sharing culture, spirit and pride with all Australians.

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School Resources

The Healing Foundation has developed resources to help teachers, schools and education institutions around the country mark #BTH20. These activities have been developed with a curriculum writer to teach young people abut the Bringing Them Home Report, the Stolen Generations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

The resources are divided into three age brackets – the years before Primary School, Primary School and High School, and then further divided by year.

Check out the resources here

Survivors of the Stolen Generation, still sufferers of lost Aboriginality - NITV, 28 April


Help support a Stolen Generations Marker in Fitzroy

Fitzroy is a gathering place where Aboriginal people who had been taken away came to find and reconnect with family.

The City of Yarra is collaborating with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker and garden that will honour their stories.

This permanent outdoor artwork will be located in Fitzroy and their hope is that it will become a place for quiet reflection and collective healing.

The project is seeking contributions – small, medium and large – from all sectors of the community, with the aim of raising $50,000 towards the project.

Find out how to support the project by making a donation

 


 

With Sorry Day fast approaching, Archie Roach has called for Australia’s schoolchildren to be taught his iconic anthem "Took the Children Away" as a history lesson on one of the country’s darkest chapters.

“A lot of countries in the world tend to not talk about all the bad things that happened in history but you need to acknowledge the bad as well as the good; it’s part of the country," he said.

"If we don't, we are condemned to repeat them." Read more