Sorry Day - the pathway towards reconciliation

Saturday, 26 May 2018 (All day)

On our pathway towards reconciliation, Sorry Day on 26 May is an important moment to remember the past policies of forced child removal.

Here, we reflect on the sad and painful history of the Stolen Generations and recognise moments of resilience, healing and the power of saying Sorry.

Did you know?

  • The first Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998—exactly one year after the Bringing Them Home Report was presented to the Parliament.
  • The Bringing Them Home Report was the result of an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, and recommends both an apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reparations.
  • The term “Stolen Generations” refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed, as children, from their families by government, welfare or church authorities and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families.
  • The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children began as early as the mid-1800s and continued until the 1970s.
  • Tasmania is the only state that has introduced a state-based reparation scheme specifically for members of the Stolen Generations.

Take action:

  • Find out more about the history of reconciliation and healing in Australia, or deepen your understanding of our shared histories and cultures at Share Our Pride.
  • Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements by hosting an event for National Reconciliation Week 
  • Watch the short documentary The Apology to better understand why this moment was so important to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Watch (or re-watch) the moving Rabbit Proof Fence or Radiance, sharing stories of family, connection to land, and the impacts of removal.
  • Listen to Archie Roach’s iconic song They Took the Children Away, or the amazing reinterpretation by Gurrumul and Briggs The Children Came Back
  • Share this factsheet with others as a small action you can take to say Sorry.

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