What Can You Do
A growing number of National Sorry Day activities and events take place throughout Australia on National Sorry Day. You can join in in many ways that are already organised or by organising your own event such as
- Hold concerts and aboriginal performance and ceremony
- Hold a barbecue, morning teas or lunch. Maybe try some kangaroo on the barbie.
- Join a Reconciliation walk or street march.
- Attend a Sorry Day flag raising events.
- Attend or organise a speech from community leaders an Indigenous Australian elders or an aboriginal educator such as Koomurri
- Check out the media statements from politicians within federal, state and local governments and start a conversation.
- Write messages and sign the various “sorry books” as a way of showing your commitment towards reconciliation. Contact your local areas Aboriginal Land Council to find out where these might be or ask if you could help start one.
- Pledge your support towards fulfilling the recommendations from the ‘Bringing Them Home report’. Thousands of Australians have already shown their support by writing messages and signing “sorry books” since 1998.
Many school children take part in National Sorry Day activities, which include essay competitions, lighting candles for Indigenous Australians who were taken away from their families and communities, and inviting local Indigenous Australian elders to speak with students. Films that focus on the Stolen Generations may also be shown to students for discussion.
Your school, business or organisation can book a vast variety of aboriginal performance, welcome, smoking ceremony or art workshop though Koomurri.
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