National Sorry Day – 26th May 2020
National Sorry Day is observed on May 26 each year, bringing the Australian community together to share the steps towards healing for members of the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.
National Sorry Day was born out of key recommendations from the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families in the Bringing Them Home Report, which was tabled in Federal Parliament on 26 May 1997, with the first National Sorry Day taking place on May 26, 1998.
Sorry Day is significant for mourning and healing within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and not only the Stolen Generation but for those families of people impacted.
Each year, communities nationwide, come together to share knowledge and the ongoing impact of Australia’s past policies relating to the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and their nations.
In recognition of this day, we ask school principals and staff to reflect on, and acknowledge, the ongoing grief experienced by many of our families, students and community members due to the loss of family, displacement, loss of language and the injustice experienced by not only those who were forcibly removed, but also their Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Uncles. Brothers and Sisters.