National Sorry Day: Stolen generations remembered
NATIONAL Sorry Day, is a day for reflection and understanding of the stolen generations of indigenous children who were forcefully separated from families in the 1950's.
Thursday May 26, 2016 marks the 18th year that Australia has commemorated the significant day since the 1997 report Bringing Them Home, was released at federal parliament.
For many indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, Sorry Day is an important day to recognise the wrongdoing, acknowledged by the government, about earlier assimilation policies.
This day gives all Australian's the opportunity to come together and share steps towards healing for families and communities affected by the assimilation programs.
In 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, motioned in parliament and apology to indigenous Australian's and Torres Strait Islander people for the laws and policies that inflicted grief, suffering and loss.
The apology included a proposal for a policy commission to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in matters such as life expectancy and health related issues, as well as educational possibilities.
Schools across Fraser Coast commemorated the day by talking about the significant piece of Australian history.