National Sorry Day 26 May 2017
A day that pays tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report.
The “Bringing Them Home” report, 1997 confirmed the large scale removal of Aboriginal children from their families and it recommended that a National Sorry Day be held each year on 26 May “to commemorate the history of forcible removals and its effects.”
Every Aboriginal family in Australia today has been affected by past government policies that sought to assimilate our peoples and destroy our cultures and National Sorry Day is a time for us to come together to acknowledge the devastation caused to our families, communities and clans; to remember the Stolen Generations who have passed onto the Dreaming and to pay tribute to all the Stolen Generations across the nation who still survive today.
We invite you to join us to acknowledge National Sorry Day and ensure that this day does not go unnoticed, that this day continues to be a day of significance for everyone!
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Event
10.30am to 3pm – Speakers, Entertainment and Lunch at AAL 2 Watt St Thornbury
Link-Up Victoria and Connec ng Home Event
3pm – Bus departs from AAL for Parliament House, Spring St Melbourne
4-4.30pm – Rally with speakers on the steps of Parliament House
White flowers to be placed on the steps of Parliament House and White balloons to be set free by the Stolen Generations and their families
5pm – Smoking Ceremony and Healing Circle at Parliament Gardens, Spring St Melbourne
Water Fountain at Parliament Gardens and Melbourne Town Hall to be lit up in purple, the national colour for the Stolen Generations.
For enquiries about VAHS Event and to RSVP contact Daria Atkinson (03) 9403 3315.
For enquiries about Link-Up Victoria and Connecting Home event contact Bev Murray at Link-Up Victoria (03) 9480 7371 or Lisa Zammit at Connecting Home (03) 8679 0777
See event details on the flier below.