Important dates in the Reconciliation calendar

There are a number of dates significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that are celebrated with all Australians . Some key dates the nation embraces every year, including NAIDOC Week, National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

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Anniversary of the Apology

Did you know…

‘Sorry Day’ and the anniversary of the National Apology (13 February) are two separate days.

‘Sorry Day’ is held annually on the 26 May. The anniversary of the National Apology is a day that commemorates the event when Kevin Rudd – the then Prime Minister of Australia – made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples and whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation.

The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families was conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and their final report, titled The Bringing Them Home report, was tabled in parliament in 1997. The report handed down 54 recommendations in response to these findings, many of which have not been implemented by any government since.

'Sorry Day' has been held every year since 1998. The first Sorry Day took place one year after the tabling of The Bringing Them Home Report in Parliament. Having a day of commemoration was actually one of the recommendations within the report.

To learn more, read the full article on the SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) website: 10 things you should know about the National Apology.

Source: Racism. No Way, viewed 10 February 2020

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