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National Sorry Day 2012





National Sorry Day

National Event

Saturday 26 May 2012

 The Bringing Them Home Committee: 0412 428 123


National Sorry Day recognises the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

History of National Sorry Day

On 26 May 1997, the report of the national inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. The Bringing Them Home Report revealed the extent of 150 years of forced removal policies in Australia.

 The Report revealed the devastating effects of these policies in terms of spiritual, emotional and physical trauma, as a direct result from the broken connection to traditional land, culture and language, the separation of families and the effect of these on parenting skills. It also revealed the trans-generational impact and damaging effects that these forced child removals continue to have on Indigenous families and communities today.

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, one year after the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report.

The Bringing Them Home Committee organises a Sorry Day commemoration event in Perth every year. Schools are invited to attend, and the event has a very strong representation from the Indigenous community.

Sorry Day Commemoration

A special commemoration will be held at Wellington Square in East Perth on Saturday 26 May from 9.00 - 10.00am. View the flyer here.

Sorry Day 2012 Concert

With May 26 just around the corner, plans for the annual Sorry Day Concert are well under way and the headline performer has been announced: Archie Roach.

His song Took the Children Away has become a sacred song amongst the Stolen Generation community and so many are looking forward to hearing him perform live in his only Perth concert this year. Zane Lauder, Damien Thornber and the Orphans and the cast of the first Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer, will also perform on the day.

Tickets are available for the concert at Winthrop Hall at UWA through BOCS Ticketing

Last modified: 17 May 2012
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