Reconciliation and understanding the Sorry Day themes

May 4, 2017 by  

People living in and around the Whittlesea Council area, including those in Epping, will be able to take part in the upcoming Sorry Day commemoration in South Morang.

A yearly event, this is presented by the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group (WRG) in collaboration with the Council, seeking to inspire a sense of cultural understanding and restoration in the community.

Sorry Day is a significant day across Australia, which had its inception on May 26th in 1998, as recognition of the forcible removal from their families early in the 20th Century of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who later came to be known as the Stolen Generations.

Among those present will be members of Council and the Stolen Generations. A welcome, along with speeches and storytelling, traditionally form part of the proceedings. A fire ceremony will bring the event to a close with the flags lowered to half-mast. These kinds of gatherings would make use of banner printing, particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander symbols. There may even be booklet printing used for preparation of “sorry books” in which those present can write messages of support.

Sorry Day will be commemorated on Friday 26th May from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Meet at the Great Hall Council Offices on 25 Ferres Boulevard at South Morang. Entry to this event is free and open to all.