Recognising National Sorry Day in Yarra

Stolen generations marker lit up at dusk

Help us mark National Sorry Day on Tuesday 26 May by tuning into our event online via Facebook from 2pm.

National Sorry Day acknowledges the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

We’ll be streaming our ceremony live from the Stolen Generations Marker in Atherton Gardens Housing Estate Fitzroy.

The Stolen Generations Marker sits at the heart of Aboriginal Fitzroy. Titled ‘Remember Me’, the marker was created by Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi artist Reko Rennie and honours the story of this place as well as all the Aboriginal people who were taken from their families.

The event will include a Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Colin Hunter, a performance by Djirri Djirri Dancers and music from Mutti Mutti singer Kutcha Edwards.

“National Sorry Day is an extremely significant day where we recognise members of the Stolen Generations and the struggles they’ve faced, as well as the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families communities, clans and groups who seek to heal – physically, emotionally, spiritually and culturally,” said Yarra Mayor, Cr Misha Coleman.

“I hope the Yarra community as well as audiences in Victoria and beyond to tune in and help us mark this day.

“While we’re unable to meet at this historically significant site we can still recognise the profound damage of forced removals, and acknowledge the importance of this day together via the live stream.

“Yarra Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of this country and is proud that our city remains an important meeting place for Aboriginal people,” said Cr Coleman.

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