National Sorry Day 2022

Smoking Ceremony. Photo by Barbara Oehring.

On 26 May, National Sorry Day, Knox City Council acknowledged members of the Stolen Generation and their suffering.

The Sorry Day Ceremony at the Knox Civic Centre included a traditional Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, traditional dance and music performances and most importantly, heard from renowned guest speaker, Rueben Berg.

The Council’s promotion of the event makes the following statement: ‘While Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week are important steps in healing local members of the Stolen Generations, it is paramount we also make progress outside of significant cultural dates.

‘Using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Needs Analysis recommendations received in 2021, Knox continues to prioritise this portfolio of work all-year round, through five strategic focus areas: Respect and Recognition, Cultural Heritage, Employment and Economic Development, Health and Wellbeing, and Civic Participation.

‘We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures. Together, we can make a better tomorrow.’

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