National Sorry Day
Today we stopped and reflected as part of National Sorry Day. This is a special day of remembrance and commemoration held to highlight the impact of past policies of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture. Students and staff were involved in creating and displaying the purple native hibiscus which has been approved by the National Stolen Generations Alliance as the official symbol for Sorry Day. This flower is significant because it is found widely across Australia, and it is a survivor. Its purple colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing. At our Willagee site, our flowers were put up to display around the school.
The History of National Sorry Day (from dlgsc.wa.gov.au)
On 26 May 1997, a report called Bringing them Home was tabled in Parliament.
This report details the hardships undergone by the Indigenous children that were forcefully removed from their families as part of official government policy during the 20th Century. These children are now referred to as the Stolen Generations.
The report also included a list of recommendations for what the government should do to move towards reconciling and moving on from these past mistakes. One of these recommendations was for the government to issue a formal apology to the Indigenous communities.
The first National Sorry Day was held exactly one year later, and it has been held on the same day every year since.
Reconciliation Week 2021
Tomorrow is the start of Reconciliation Week 2021. The theme for this year is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action” – encouraging us all to move towards braver and more impactful action in our reconciliation journey. Please watch the following video for more information on this year’s theme.
Also, find out more information through the reconciliation website: https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/