Sorry Day 2018

16 May, 2018

Saturday May 26 is National Sorry Day and will mark the 21st Anniversary of the 'Bringing Them Home' report.

Sorry Day was first celebrated on the 26th May, 1998 in recognition of the Stolen Generations. It took place one year after the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report – a government inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. To learn more about the Stolen Generations please visit the Healing Foundation website.

This year Reconciliation WA, Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation and Bringing Them Home WA are hosting a Sorry Day ceremony in Yagan Square, Perth. They welcome everyone to join them at 9.45am at the Wirin statue, in the heart of the city, for a yarn and some performances to commemorate this important occasion. They will also be acknowledging the 100th anniversary of the Moore River Native Settlement/Mogumber Mission.

Sorry Day was initiated so that healing could begin and to acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal people. It is celebrated each year with marches, speeches and presentations throughout the country.

The Stolen Generations were further acknowledged on the 13th February, 2008 in a personal apology by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Thousands of Aboriginal people gathered in Canberra to hear his apology. The Prime Minister’s apology had been long awaited by Aboriginal people, and was for many, pivotal, and held the most resonance. Celebrations were held on the Perth Esplanade and around the country on this day.

Sorry Day is an important event that acknowledges the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal families and communities. It is a beautiful and powerful demonstration of reconciliation in action. This is an important day that supports truth, justice and healing for the Stolen Generations.

Reconciliation WA are also holding their annual Walk for Reconciliation on June 1 at Elizabeth Quay. Bring your family, friends and colleagues and join them in making this powerful and meaningful show of solidarity with the reconciliation movement.

Event Details

Date: Friday June 1

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Venue: Elizabeth Quay

Register your interest to attend by emailing admin@recwa.org.au

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