It is a significant day of observance, particularly for the many people touched by the painful history of the Stolen Generations.
This year the City’s libraries have hosted community inclusive events to raise local awareness and give people the opportunity to contribute their support by decorating Sorry Day banners with their unique handprint and a message. The decorated banners will be displayed on Central Promenade from 26 May to 3 June in recognition of Sorry Day (26 May) and National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June).
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels outlined Council’s aspiration to build a stronger community through inclusion:
“The City of Rockingham acknowledges Sorry Day as an important part of the journey toward reconciliation. Events are held each year to engage all community members and raise awareness of this important day.
“The City’s commitment to reconciliation is formalised through it’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017, which outlines what the City will do to help build relationships which foster mutual respect and support opportunities for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Observing Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day form an important key element of the RAP.”
Sorry Day was first recognised in 1998, one year after the Bringing them Home report was tabled in Parliament. Bringing them Home was the result of an Inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The children who were removed came to be known as the Stolen Generations.