National Sorry Day an important commemoration
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has praised the work of Indi’s aboriginal communities ahead of tomorrow’s Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May – 3 June.
Ms McGowan said she appreciated the leadership shown by aboriginal communities in the many initiatives across North East Victoria promoting reconciliation. They include an annual Sorry Day Assembly held at Bright P-12.
“Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. Events like the Sorry Day Assembly at Bright P-12 are an opportunity to recognise the work that remains to be done,” Ms McGowan said.
“Bright P-12’s program to get students proficient in the Dhuduroa language is an inspiring way to share culture and understanding at a very local level,” Ms McGowan said.
National Reconciliation Week will mark the 51st anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 26 years since the Mabo decision.
Ms McGowan said the work of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) would also make a contribution towards reconciliation.
Ms McGowan is a member of the committee which is receiving submissions at a series of hearings across the country throughout May and June.
“I am pleased that many from Indi’s aboriginal communities have taken up the opportunity to make a submission to the committee,” she said.
“There is still time to make a submission before the closing date on 11 June and further details can be found here at www.aph.gov.au/constitutionalrecognition
“The committee will recommend options for constitutional and legislative change which meet the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and secure the support of all Australians.”