Today is National Sorry Day, a day that remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. On National Sorry Day, we reflect upon and acknowledge the strength of the Stolen Generations Survivors, and how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation. Today is a day that carries much significance and weight among our communities, as historical injustice is an ongoing source of intergenerational trauma. In 2020, data showed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 10.6 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children in Australia.
Today we ask you to take pause to reflect on the past and present injustices that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have faced and are continuing to face today. We encourage you to be informed, and continue educating yourselves on these issues. You can visit one of the below resources for more information:
Reconciliation Australia: www.reconciliation.org.au
The Healing Foundation: www.healingfoundation.org.au
Bringing Them Home WA: www.bringingthemhomewa.com
The Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corp: www.kimberleystolengeneration.com.au
If you would like to contribute to a local cause, you can donate to the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corp’s Link-Up Service, which helps people of the Stolen Generations to search for, find, and reconnect with their families, here: www.kimberleystolengeneration.com.au/donate