The Guardian • Issue #2101

Sorry Day

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  • Issue #2101
Invasion Day Melbourne. Woman holding a CPA

Sunday 26 May 2024 marks seven years since the Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued by First Nations Peoples “from all points of the southern sky.”

Representing a significant consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Statement called for action on voice, treaties and truth-telling. It was, and remains, a generous invitation to all Australians to walk together for a better future.

The Voice Referendum defeat must not diminish our determination to do better as a nation, in our communities, and as individuals, for and with First Nations peoples through their empowered voices (representative bodies), negotiated treaties, and truth-telling about our shared history.

26 May is also National Sorry Day, for the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were forcibly removed from their families as a result of government policies. It reminds us of the importance of truth-telling to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and for healing.

Following Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week 2024 (27 May – 3 June) focuses on: ‘Now More Than Ever.’ This is a direct call for allies to keep standing in solidarity with First Nations peoples in their fight for justice.

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