Narromine Shire paused this week to recognise National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. These events both commemorate significant milestones in Australian history.
On 26 May 1998, the first National Sorry Day was held to commemorate the anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report and remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations. National Reconciliation Week takes place each year from 27 May to 3 June.These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful referendum on 27 May 1967 and the High Court Mabo decision on 3 June 1992.
On Tuesday, 28 May, a ceremony was held at the Wungunja Cultural Centre in Trangie in recognition of Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. The ceremony included 3 special dances titled ‘Sapphires, Fire Spirit and Dillybag’ and was performed by the Trangie Central School Aboriginal Dance Group.
The program also included the raising of the Aboriginal Flag by students from St Johns School and Trangie Central School, an Acknowledgement to Country
by Diane Smith, plus guest speakers including Narromine Shire Council’s Cr Lyn Jablonski, Hannah Peadon from St. John’s School and Karly Edwards and
Morgan Adams from Trangie Central School.
On Friday, 31 May in Narromine, aSorry Day and Reconciliation Day event was held at Narromine Shire Council’s Council Chambers.The ceremony included an
Aboriginal flag raising ceremony undertaken by Taylah Donnelly, a Welcome to Country performed by Elder Ruth Carney, and guest speakers including Deputy
Mayor Cr Dawn Collins and Jordan Itoya from Narromine High School.
“Both events were organised by Narromine Shire Council in partnership with Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council, Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council,
Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and Ngarru Mayin Aboriginal Corporation,” said Jane Redden, General Manager of Narromine Shire Council.
“I would like to thank these groups for partnering with us to commemorate National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week.”
“I would like to say a particular thank you to the performers and guest speakers and others who contributed to these events,” said Mrs Redden.
“I believe that these events have helped us to honour these objectives and continue to move forward by strengthening respectful relationships between the
wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” she said.
Further Media Contacts: Narromine Shire Council, General Manager, Jane Redden T: 0407 438 422
Sorry Day and Reconciliation Day in Trangie: St Johns School and Trangie Central School including Trangie Central School Aboriginal.
Sorry Day and Reconciliation Day in Narromine: Elder Ruth Carney performing a Welcome to Country.
Sorry Day and Reconciliation Day in Narromine; Deputy Mayor Cr Dawn Collins raising the Australian Flag with Taylah Donnelly from Narromine High School with Elder Vernita Newman.