National Sorry Day an important part of healing

Posted: May 26th, 2020

Today is National Sorry Day and on this day YMAC acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations for their collective strength in enduring inflicted grief, suffering and loss.

National Sorry Day is important to YMAC as an organisation because it acknowledges the history and resilience of the Stolen Generation people.

In the late 19th Century, 1950’s and 1960’s Aboriginal children were forcibly taken away from their families and brought up in institutions or fostered to non-Aboriginal families. This removal was an official government policy in Australia until 1969.

Federal Parliament tabled a motion on 26 May 1997 (from recommendations from the Bringing Them Home Report) that a National Sorry Day be celebrated each year.

National Sorry Day is part of the healing process for our communities. At YMAC we strongly support a return to physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being for all Aboriginal people – today and every day.

Recognition is a big part of the healing. YMAC encourages ALL Australians to take time to recognise our Stolen Generations today.

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