Last Thursday the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre in Forbes honoured National Sorry Day with a ceremony to remember the Stolen Generations.
National Sorry Day takes place on 26th May every year to remember the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities to be “assimilated” into white Australian culture. They are known as the Stolen Generations.
At the ceremony in Forbes cut outs of hands and candles were placed in the sand to represent the stolen generations, while Brad Holmes did a smoking ceremony. MC for the day Le’Kiesha-Lee Bowden introduced guest speaker Judy Johnson.
National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how Australians can all play a part in the healing process for the people and nation.