National Sorry Day & Reconciliation Week 2020
On National Sorry Day, May 26, we remember the Stolen Generations whose lives were devastated by past Government policies and practices to forcibly remove Indigenous children them from their families and Communities in the name of assimilation until 1969. This day acknowledges and signals deep regret at the impacts these past policies had and continue to have on the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Communities today.
This is also a day of healing. It gives Australians the chance to come together to share their remorse, compassion, and commitment towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families, and Communities. We still have a lot to do – to address the impact, suffering and grief still felt by Indigenous people every day.
Australia’s former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s National Apology made on February 13, 2008 to the Stolen Generations was a small step to acknowledge the trauma caused to Indigenous Australians for the Stolen Generation. It included a policy to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and is seen by many as a step forward in Reconciliation.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) on May 27 – June 3 is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
This year’s theme #inthistogether reinforces the individual role we each have within our organisation and Communities to bridge the gap and help continue to shape a better future for all Australians. To get involved in this year’s NRW events visit the nrw.reconciliation.org.au for more information, and be part of the journey towards a fairer and more just Australia.
Robert Skeen, CEO AH&MRC said: “By working together we can close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Every Australian deserves access to high-quality healthcare, education and equal opportunities to reach their full potential, regardless of their backgrounds or where they may live.”
If you need any support on National Sorry Day, you may like to get in touch with a Bringing them Home (BTH) Worker or Social Emotional and Well-being (SEWB) Worker at your local Health Service, a counselling service or talk with a trusted friend or family member.
Counselling and support services for Stolen Generations Survivors and Descendants:
- Stolen Generations Council NSW/ACT, free call: 1800 263 881
- Children of the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home, phone: 02 9868 9200
- Kinchela Boys Home, phone: (02) 9051 1690
- Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation phone: (02) 9051 1688
- Healing Foundation, phone: (02) 6272 7500
For further details please contact AH&MRC by phone on 02 9212 4777 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.