National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and take steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generations refers to children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
This year’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures
Find out more about National Reconciliation Week #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021
Country is inherent to our identity.
It sustains our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
It is more than a place.
When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person.
Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time.
Through our languages and songs, we speak to Country; through our ceremonies and traditions we sing to – and celebrate Country – and Country speak to us.
Increasingly, we worry about Country.
For generations First Nations Peoples have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage for all Australians.