Speak Up for Reconciliation
National Sorry Day has been held annually on 26 May since 1998. It is an Australia-wide day of observance. National Sorry Day is important as a time to remember the injustices suffered by the Stolen Generations and to recognise the sadness and damage events from the past have had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Santa Maria College celebrated Sorry Day on Friday 24 May, so that we as a community could join together to speak out against injustice and speak up for reconciliation. Sorry Day gives us the chance to come together and express sorrow for the tragic events of the past and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families, communities and our nation.
The Stolen Generation refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. This past continues to hurt many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People today.
Lisa Fieldhouse, the AISWA Aboriginal Liaison Officer, shared her very personal story of how the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families affected her family directly, giving students a first-hand experience of the consequences of events of the past.
In the year of hospitality, Santa Maria College is especially focussed on inclusion and reconciliation with the First Australians. By showcasing a variety of awareness-raising activities focused on the theme of reconciliation, Sorry Day was a wonderful way for the College to live out this Mercy value.
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