Posted by: nancycurteman | May 8, 2010

National Sorry Day: An Australian Effort to Right a National Tragedy

May 26th is National Sorry Day in Australia. It commemorates the day the “Bringing Them Home” report was presented to the Australian government in 1997. The purpose of National Sorry Day  is to express regret over the tragic impact of the Aboriginal Protection Act, that allowed Australian government agencies to forcibly remove children of the indigenous peoples of Australia from their parents’ homes and place them in government housing to be raised away from their families. Over 100,000 children had been forcibly removed from their homes over the years. The removals occurred in the period between 1869 and 1969 although in some places children were still being taken in the 1970s. On National Sorry Day, NSDC, organizations and schools engage in activities that show their support for the day such as walking across local bridges while carrying symbols representing the plight of “the stolen generations.”   (photo-backyardbelievers)

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  1. There is an excellent movie about the Aboriginal Protection Act and Aboriginal Integration Program . . . Rabbit Proof Fence:

    http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Rabbit-Proof_Fence/60022990?strackid=443bab5a9c9981b2_0_srl&strkid=302125570_0_0&trkid=222336

    Man’s inhumanity to man is always a bit of a shock to my system.

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  2. Your readers will be interested in knowing that Glenda Brown nee Kinchela of Moree district who’s relative (Wiragi/Kamilaroi origins) was one of the instigators of the original 1930s Day of Mourning.
    I met Glenda at the Port Stephens International Women’s Day breakfast this year and she is employed as an Aboriginal Liaison officer with Port Stephens Police Area Command. A lovely lady with a very interesting family history.

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    • Gillian, Thanks so much for this interesting information. I will share it in my next blog post. I’d love to know more about Glenda Brown.

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  3. Gillian, Thanks so much for this interesting information. I will share it in my next blog post. I’d love to know more about Glenda Brown.

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