National Sorry Day & National Reconciliation Week

26 May 2020

Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP joins with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Australians more broadly in the commemoration of National Sorry Day on May 26.

National Sorry Day marks 23 years since the handing down of the Bringing Them Home Report and the acknowledgement of past government policy which removed Indigenous children from their families.

This week also marks National Reconciliation Week.

This is an important week, not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but all Australians, because it’s a day in which we commemorate the acknowledgement of the wrongdoings settler communities have inflicted upon First Nations people.

“This week is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the work that has or has not been done, and to renew our commitment to reconciliation,” Ms Butler said.

“There is still so far to go in reconciling the pain and suffering inflicted upon First Nations people, we must do better as a nation.

“This year the theme for National Reconciliation Week is “In This Together”, which is an important reminder that we are all responsible for ensuring we close the gap, and we must.

“Link-Up is based in the heart of my electorate, and has been fundamental to processes of healing and reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"As always, I am honoured to have spoken at the Link-Up Sorry Day event today, which due to COVID-19 restrictions was held online,” Terri Butler said.