Recognising National Sorry Day
On Thursday 26 May, Christ Church recognised National Sorry Day. Boys from the School’s Indigenous Student Programme took part in Sorry Day events in Perth and earlier in the week, attended a Future Footprints event where they heard from a member of the Stolen Generation.
On Wednesday evening, Richard Taylor (Year 11), Wayne Edgar (Year 11) Liam Lannigan (Year 10) and Lawrence Evans (Year 10), along with students from other PSA schools, heard Joyleen Koolmatrie speak at Wesley College. Ms Koolmatrie, a psychologist, accompanied the National Inquiry for the Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families and conducted healing workshops nationally. CCGS Indigenous Liaison Officer Jamie Foster said Ms Koolmatrie’s tale was both disturbing and inspiring. “Our boys, in fact all the audience, were really engaged by her story. It really resonated with them.”
On Thursday morning, after a powerful video presentation on the events leading to and the impact on Aboriginal society of the Stolen Generation, Liam and Lawrence led the Senior School in prayer of remembrance and reconciliation.
Later that morning, nine boys joined in National Sorry Day activities in Wellington Square. The students had an opportunity to listen to guest speaker David Wirrpanda, as well as storytellers, activities and a Welcome to Country ceremony.
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 following the 1997 HREOC report Bringing Them Home, which recommended that a national day of observance be declared. Organised by the Bringing Them Home Committee (WA), is the largest annual event in Australia highlighting the continuing need for reconciliation