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National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week: join us to reflect

May 14, 2019

By Deakin University

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To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community must be grounded in a foundation of truth. You’re invited to two important events to help contribute to meaningful change for the future and build stronger intercultural relationships.

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year. It gives people a chance to come together and share steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Join us for a flag-raising ceremony and morning tea to acknowledge and commemorate the grief, suffering and loss endured by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations.

When: Friday 24 May, 10–11am
Where: Union Green, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (outside the cube)
Register now

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May to 3 June, and commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

It’s a chance for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and to grow as a nation. It culminates in Mabo Day on 3 June, commemorating Eddie Mabo and his milestone campaign for Indigenous land rights.

This year’s theme is ‘Grounded in Truth – Walk together with courage’. Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations, or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.

Join us for a morning tea and contribute to our artwork reflecting ‘Grounded in Truth’.

When: Friday 31 May, 10–11am
Where: Central Precinct, Level 2, Building HF, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Register now

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