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Sorry Day Celebrations   
Friday, 24 May 2013

Produced by Matthew Newton

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National Sorry Day will be observed this Sunday 26th May. For many Australians, the day is as much a remembrance of past wrongs as it is a celebration of the future. Sorry Day also marks the start of Reconciliation Week and The Wire found out how different people across the country will be marking these important events.

This Sunday the 26th May marks National Sorry Day, a commemoration for the victims of the Stolen Generation. The 26th May holds special significance for Australia's indigenous population. It was the day that the landmark 'Bringing them home' report was tabled before Parliament back in 1997. The report was the first public acknowledgement by the Australian Government of past injustices against indigenous Australians. It exposed widespread mistreatment and the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their homes between the 1880's and 1960's. National Sorry Day is held every year and is an opportunity for Australians - indigenous and non-indigenous alike - to reflect and to move forward.

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Charles Passi - Chair of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
Julie Tongs - Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Related Links
Winnunga Nimmityjah
Healing Foundation
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