Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an Australian event, held each year on 26 May since 1998, to express regret over the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples. The day was chosen in commemoration of the 'Bringing Them Home' report being handed to the Federal Government on 26 May 1997. National Reconciliation Week begins on 27 May. The Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation hosted a lunch gathering at the South Melbourne community centre for Sorry Day. Dennis Fisher, MC and Aboriginal Port Melbourne poet asked: 'What do you say if you hear someone's mother's died?' 'Sorry'. Its the same, he said, about our historic treatment of Aboriginal people - we can say 'sorry' and 'sorry is not blame'. At its meeting on Monday night, Council re-affirmed its commitment to the indigenous acknowledgement. For the full text of the motion, click here.

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