This week marks Reconciliation Week for 2016. The Indigenous girls have been involved in art workshops with Gary and Natalie Purchase of Dream on Aboriginal Arts. These artworks will be unveiled during NAIDOC Week.
The 26th of May was National Sorry Day, a day of observance where we all get the opportunity to reflect on the past and identify strategies to overcome this adversity.
National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors.
The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing Them Home report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities and cultural identity.
On 26 May 1998 the first ‘Sorry Day’ was held in Sydney. It is now commemorated across Australia, with many thousands of people participating in memorials and commemorative events, in honour of the Stolen Generations.
All of us here at Loreto Normanhurst recognise the resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at this time and are genuinely remorseful for the behaviors of the past and hope that the future can hold connectedness and freedom for all. Our students were involved in a workshop held by our Indigenous students during house time. Students had an opportunity to reflect on what this all means to them. They came up with some beautiful words of wisdom and hope which are currently on display in the school.
Mrs Elizabeth Bailey
Indigenous Support Coordinator