Students Come Together on Sorry Day
Christ Church’s indigenous students attended a National Sorry Day event at the University of Western Australia on Monday. Students from PSA schools around Perth recognised the day on which Australia remembers and expresses its sorrow for the Stolen Generation and celebrates the beginning of a new understanding.
The event, co-ordinated by UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies and AISWA’s Future Footprints programme, invited indigenous students to attend a day of activities in recognition of Sorry Day. The guest speaker for event was Tjalaminu Mia, a member of the Stolen Generation and a research fellow for Indigenous Studies at the university.
Frank Ansey (Year 11) said Sorry Day was an important date for him as he has a family member who was part of the Stolen Generation. “It was interesting to hear her life story and the challenges for her and her family.”
Aiden Albert (Year 8) enjoyed the team-building games and sporting activities that followed the formal part of the day. “We split up into mixed teams and played basketball and volleyball, which was good fun.”
Frank said the day, which finished with a barbecue, was also a good opportunity to catch up with old mates from home.