National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

May–June
National Sorry Day is an annual ceremonial event held in Australia on 26 May, coinciding with the launch of the 1997 ‘Bringing them Home’ report. Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) commences the day after Sorry Day.

National Sorry Day

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)

Celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June and commemorates 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.

2022 National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week events

National Sorry Day – May 26

To commemorate Sorry Day this year, Council buildings will be lit up with purple lights around Darebin, including the Stolen Generations Marker at the Preston Civic Centre and Darebin Arts Centre. The colour purple represents the Australian native hibiscus flower, which is symbolic for Stolen Generations peoples and represents their strength and resilience.

The Aboriginal flag will also fly at half-mast above Preston City Hall in commemoration and honour of Australia’s Stolen Generations.

Darebin Libraries

Wurundjeri Storytime for Reconciliation Week – May 30

Join special guest Wurundjeri woman and Woiwurrung language teacher Rebecca Axford at Preston Library Monday 30 May @ 11am. Come along and learn about Woiwurrung language, dreaming stories and Wurundjeri culture through storytelling, dance and song.

Book for Wurundjeri Storytime

Reconciliation Week book lists

This year’s theme for Reconciliation Week is ‘Be Brave. Make Change.’ The theme calls for everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

You can #BeBraveMakeChange by learning about our First Nations past and present. Getting the facts and educating ourselves has never been easier, with endless resources and information at our fingertips online and on the shelves of your local Darebin library.

Darebin Libraries has put together a Reconciliation Week reading list spanning fiction, biography, history, politics, as well as children and young adult books for you to learn about Australia’s First Nations people and discover the wider history of our country.