National Sorry Day is annual event that is held in Australia on the 26th of May since 1998. It is a day for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to remember and reflect on past injustices and mistreatment experienced by Indigenous Australians. As well as reflecting and remembering, it is a chance for all Australians to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations and their families. There are many ways Sorry Day is commemorated around Australia, including reconciliation walks, concerts, barbecues and flag ceremonies.
Brittany Luland shared her thoughts on National Sorry Day.
"To me, National Sorry Day represents the recognition of past wrongs in Australia. It recognizes the negative impact of Australian policies, practices and attitudes on Indigenous peoples. Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is a very important part of Australian history as both acknowledgment and apology pay respect to the Stolen Generations for their suffering and loss.
The word "Sorry" cannot fully heal the pain and hurt of those who suffered the Stolen Generation; however, it is a starting point to heal scars as it not only acknowledges past injustices and experiences, but also educates future generations on the importance of this event. "