National Sorry Day an Important Moment of Healing

On 26 May, 1997, the landmark Bringing Them Home report was tabled in federal parliament.

Bringing Them Home was the final report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families and was conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now called the Australian Human Rights Commission) between 1995 and 1997.

On 26 May, 1998, the first National Sorry Day was held to commemorate the anniversary of the report and remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations.

The date 26 May carries great significance for the Stolen Generations, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and its supporters among non-Indigenous Australians.

Colonisation, forced removals of Aboriginal children from their families, and other past Australian government policies, have resulted in trauma and grief for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, across generations.

On National Sorry Day, we reflect on the sad and painful history of the Stolen Generations and recognise moments of Resilience, Healing and the power of saying sorry.

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