National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2015
Each year, Darebin City Council recognises and celebrates these significant dates through a number of events across Council.
In 2015, the celebrations will commence with the launch of the Stolen Generations Marker on Sorry Day on Tuesday 26 of May. The development of the Marker, and the public event are organised in partnership with the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee and in consultation with the Stolen Generations Working group.
On Wednesday 27 of May Preston Library will hold a reading of The Brother Quibble first in English followed by Wurundjeri Woman Mandy Nicholson reading it in Woi Wurrung language.
On Thursday 28 of May at Preston library, Aboriginal educator and cultural practitioner, Eva Jo Edwards, will share traditional and contemporary stories from Aboriginal nations across Australia in the Aboriginal Yarns Story Telling Session. This session is for children aged 5-12 years..
On Saturday 30 May, Hip hop and urban rap artist Meriki Hood, an Aboriginal Kunai and Gunditjmara woman will perform at Preston Library.