National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is an annual day of commemoration and remembrance of all those who have been impacted by the government policies of forcible removal that have resulted in the Stolen Generations.
The first Sorry Day was held in Sydney on 26 May 1998, and has been commemorated nationally on 26 May each year since then, with thousands of Australians from all walks of life participating in memorial services, commemorative meetings, survival celebrations and community gatherings, in honour of the Stolen Generations.
The annual Sorry Day commemorations have helped to remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and the impact that they have had not just on the children that were taken, but also on their families and communities. The intergenerational impact of the forcible removal policies on young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizens in the 21st Century have been profound, and the commemoration of National Sorry Day each year helps contribute towards a broader ongoing effort toward healing and social and emotional well-being for individuals, families and communities across the country.
A ceremony to commemorate and pay respects to the Stolen Generations will be held on Monday 27 May 2019. The ceremony will start at 11am at the Wollundry Lagoon, near the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. Light refreshments will be served on the upper balcony of the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre at the conclusion of the ceremony. RSVP to Leanne Sanders on 02 6926 9354.