National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations and marks the anniversary of the tabling in Federal Parliament of the Bringing Them Home Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, on 26 May 1997.
Today on National Sorry Day we recognise the grief, suffering and loss suffered by the Stolen Generations.
Culture is central to a child’s individuality, identity and sense of belonging and success in lifelong learning. To support the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to enhance the knowledge of non-Indigenous children, early childhood services should pay attention to the cultural identity of the Aboriginal community in which they are situated. The Early Years Learning Framework ask educators to build upon children’s understandings of diversity, specifically Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Teaching our children about the Stolen Generations and the effect that it had and still has on Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples is important content for all Australian children. The idea that someone can be taken from their family and, in some cases, never see them again is an idea that all children from an early age can empathise with.
Putting yourself in another person's shoes is a step on the road to reconciliation.
The Murdock Recruitment Team would like to take this day to pay tribute to those who found the strength to tell their stories, and to all of those whose stories and suffering remain untold.