Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group, in collaboration with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and City of Greater Shepparton will conduct an observance of Sorry Day at Monash Park on the anniversary of Sorry Day, May 26, at 10:10am. With regard to social distancing and Covid-Safe, attendance must be booked online; this event will also be live streamed on Facebook. All community members are invited to join the 2021 Sorry Day Commemoration.
Join us this Sorry Day as we pause to remember and acknowledge the Stolen Generations and the impacts of those policies that caused such pain and suffering to individuals, families, and communities over so many generations.
When: Wednesday 26 May 2021
Please arrive at: 10.10am
Where: Monash Park – cnr Welsford St and Fryers St,
so called Shepparton, Yorta Yorta Woka
Program of Events
- Sorry Day Commemoration
- Welcome to Country
- Marrung Dancers
- Guest Speaker – Aunty Faye Lynham
- Flag Raising and Laying of Wreath
On the 26th of May 1997 the landmark Bringing Them Home Report was tabled in Federal Parliament. Bringing Them Home is the final report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families and was conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now called the Human Rights Commission) between 1995 and 1997.
The Report acknowledged that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children had been forcibly separated from from their families and communities since the early days of European occupation in Australia. These children are now known as the ‘Stolen Generations’.
The Report also recommended that a national ‘Sorry Day’ be held each year to commemorate the history of forcible removals and the ongoing effects of these removals on individuals, families and communities.
On 26 May 1998, the first National Sorry Day was held to commemorate the anniversary of the Report and to remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the Stolen Generations.
Let’s look after each other: Please remember to social distance and use hand sanitiser.
This event will be livestreamed on: Facebook.com/RespectSRRG
Supported by Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group,
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation,
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative,
and Greater Shepparton City Council.
Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters which now comprise, what is known as Greater Shepparton and pays respect to all 8 clans of the Yorta Yorta Nation; Bangerang, Kaieltheban, Kwat Kwat, Moria, Ngurai-illiam-wurrung, Ulupna, Wollithiga, Yalaba Yalaba.