National Sorry Day

Yesterday was National Sorry Day, a day to acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Around 200 MatchWorks and genU Training staff acknowledged the strength of The Stolen Generations survivors in an emotional virtual commemoration on Tuesday 26 May.

MatchWorks and genU Training staff attending our virtual National Sorry Day commemoration.

National Indigenous Liaison Officer, Glen Duncan reflected on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.

“Looking forward, we need to focus on the next generation, and building strong families and communities needs to be our valve,” Glen said.

Staff listened to Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations. They also heard Uncle Archie Roache sing a moving song about this significant moment in history.

Sorry Day asked us all to acknowledge the Stolen Generations. It also reminded us that historical injustice is an ongoing source of inter-generational trauma for Indigenous people and communities.

To find out how people are being supported to heal from these past traumas, listen to the Healing Foundation’s, “This is how we heal”.

Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, a time to come together to build mutual respect and understanding. It is also a time to shape a better future for all Australians. This year’s theme – In this together – is more relevant than ever. It reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether.