Shepparton: 2021 Sorry Day Commemoration

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.


About this event

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.


To ensure this is a COVID-safe event we ask that you register your attendance through Eventbrite.
Download a Flyer for this Event (has link to Eventbrite)

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.

 


 

Playing the digeridoo at the commencement
Playing the didgeridoo at the commencement of the Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Smoking ceremony at the Sorry Day Commemoration,
Smoking ceremony at the Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Walkway of hands representing the stolen generations
Walkway of hands representing the stolen generations at the Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Munarra dancers
Marrung dancers at the Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Wreath laying
Wreath laying to commemorate the Stolen generations at the Sorry Day event, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Flag raising
Flag raising at the Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park, Shepparton, 27 May 2021

 

Shepparton: 2021 Sorry Day Commemoration
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.

 

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