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by | May 26, 2022 | Community, Education, Political

Scenic Rim Council marks National Sorry Day

Scenic Rim Regional Council has flown the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in recognition of National Sorry Day. 

Observed annually on May 26, National Sorry Day aims to raise awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.

Along with the Australian flag, both flags will be flown through National Reconciliation Week, which runs until June 3, recognising the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians in the Scenic Rim community.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford says National Sorry Day marks the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report in the Australian Parliament in 1997.

 

“The Bringing Them Home report was a significant milestone in Australia’s journey of reconciliation, one which shone a light on the experiences of survivors of laws and government policies that saw thousands of children forcibly removed from their families and communities.

 

“Reconciliation requires us all to be courageous and face up to the truth of our history, because truth-telling allows healing to begin.

 

“As a government, we remain committed to the journey of reconciliation, and progressing a Path to Treaty in our state with First Nations peoples.

 

“While we cannot change the past, by acknowledging it we can make change and create a future where all Queenslanders, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and non-Indigenous people have what they need to reach their full potential.

 

“Today on National Sorry Day, I pay particular tribute to Stolen Generations survivors, their families and communities, and acknowledge their immense strength and resilience.”

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