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National Sorry Day 2015

In our role as the Aboriginal Catholic Services – Resource Centre we wish to bring to your attention another significant date in the Indigenous Australian calendar for May. National Sorry Day offers an opportunity for all Australians to focus on the impact on the Stolen Generation and those generations that have followed. 

It is a time for us to reflect on the delivery of programs and services we are responsible for and how we are all working together to address the Closing the Gap disadvantages experienced by Indigenous Australia. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance on 12 May each year, which acknowledges the impact of Australia's Stolen Generations.

It gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. The first Sorry Day was held in Sydney in 1998. This was one year after the final release of the 'Bringing Them Home' Report, which was the report from the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. 

The report revealed the extent of forced removal policies, which occurred for 150 years ending in the early 1980s. It highlighted the devastating effects of these policies relating to spiritual, emotional and physical trauma, from the broken connection to traditional lands, cultures, languages, and the separation of families.

The impact from the release of the 'Bringing Them Home' Report and in turn Sorry Day has been profound. One of the most profound effects of this was the apology from Prime Minister Rudd on 13 February 2008 to the Stolen Generations, their families and communities which many of you may have witnessed first hand.   

Further information on National Sorry Day 2015 can be found on the National Sorry Day Committee website 




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