National Sorry Day is a day of observance and healing for
those impacted by the Stolen Generations. It is held on the 26th of
May to allow for all Australians to acknowledge and recognise the impact of the
forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their
family and community. This forcible removal of children happened over a period
of 150 years.
Following the Bringing Them Home Commission report tabled
in Federal Parliament on the 26th of May 1997, the first National
Sorry Day was held in 1998. Since then National Sorry Day has been celebrated
each year, which is a positive step towards our healing journey.
This week the Jarjums continued to make cardboard Hands
for our Sea of Hands that we displayed throughout the school. The Sea of Hands symbolise community support
for reconciliation, rights and respect. The Hands are the colours of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and each Hand carries a signature
of the individual that made their Hand.