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Sorry Day - 26 May 2017

South Regional TAFE will recognise two events of National significance this month. Sorry Day, held on 26 May and National Reconciliation Week,  starting on 27 May and running until 3 June.

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, which was launched last year and endorsed by the local Noongar Communities, we will be recognising and promoting these events to students, staff and communities.

South Regional TAFE will hold events in campuses throughout the region and a Sorry Day display will be in our Bunbury library.

Sorry Day was first celebrated on 26 May 1998 in recognition of the Stolen Generation. The Stolen Generation refers to the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their home.

In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave an apology to Stolen Generation. This included tabling a motion in Parliament apologising to Australia’s Indigenous peoples for the ‘laws and policies which had, ‘inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these, our fellow Australians.’

This was followed by a call to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in ‘life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity’.

For more information about Sorry Day contact our Aboriginal Programs Manager Shirley Hansen on 9892 8779 or call Aboriginal Development Officer Annette Garlett on 9780 7216.

Pictured is a painting by Errol Eades, Mungart Boodja Incorporated

Page last updated May 17, 2017