2023 Sorry Day Commemoration

Indigenous Flags of AustraliaShepparton Regional Reconciliation Group invites you to attend the 2023 Sorry Day Commemoration to be held on Friday 26 May at Monash Park in Shepparton, starting at 10:30am.


We invite you to 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: Friday 26 May 2023

Please arrive at: 10.10am

Where: Monash Park – cnr Welsford St and Fryers St, Shepparton, Yorta Yorta Country


Program

➾ Sorry Day Commemoration

➾ Welcome to Country

➾ Smoking Ceremony

➾ Guest Speaker

➾ Readings from local Secondary School Students

➾ 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 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 help with event planning we ask that you register your attendance through Eventbrite.

Let’s look after each other: If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and watch the livestream.

Please remember to social distance and use hand sanitiser.


This event will be livestreamed on: https//facebook.com/RespectSRRG


Supported by
⟴ Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group
⟴ Wulumbarra
⟴ Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-oporative
⟴ Greater Shepparton City Council

Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country of the Dungala (Murray) – Kaiela (Goulburn) Valleys, the clans of the Yorta Yorta Nation; Bangerang, Kaieltheban, Kwat Kwat, Moira, Ulupna, Wollithiga, and Yalaba Yalaba and the Ngurai Illum Wurrung. We acknowledge their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We also acknowledge that sovereignty of these lands and waters has never been ceded. Always was, always will be.

 

2023 Sorry Day Observance

 


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