Sorry Day and Journey of Healing
Last year hundreds of thousands of people took part in walking across bridges in major Australian cities as a sign of reconciliation, hope for a new beginning in race relations and affirmation of good will among the majority of the population towards Indigenous people. This year May 26 will again be marked widely across the continent. NSW City: Hyde Park from 2pm to 6pm, a commemoration with singers, story-telling, and ending with a candlelight vigil. Redfern: All are welcome at a reconciliation event including a barbecue, story-telling, singing and much more will be held at "the Block" from 3pm to 7pm. Marrickville: A Journey of Healing event will commence at 2.30pm at Richardsons Lookout, Holt Crescent, Marrickville South. Includes a campfire, drama and singing, and a sausage sizzle. Northern Territory Darwin: A family evening at the Darwin Railway Club, Parap, featuring local indigenous and non-Indigenous performers will start at 6pm. Queensland Brisbane: Meet at Suncorp Park from 9.30am. At 11am those gathered will march across Victoria Bridge to Musgrave Park. There, from 12 to 3pm, there will be a free sausage sizzle, children's rides, guest speakers and other activities. South Australia Adelaide: Gather at 11am in either Hindmarsh, Whitmore, Light or Hurdle Squares — and "journey" from there to Victoria Square for a barbeque. A highlight will be to recognise the Red River Gum, planted in Tarndanyangga "Victoria Square) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. Tasmania Risdon Cove: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people will gather at 11am to take a short symbolic walk, with guest speakers, art displays, performances and more. Western Australia Perth: The main event will be held from 12.30pm to 4pm at the Subiaco Theatre Centre at 180 Hammersley Rd. A community day including speakers, entertainment, food and story circles. Victoria Melbourne: Meet at Melbourne City Square (Swanston St) at 11am for a traditional Aboriginal welcome, then walk to the Treasury Gardens for more activities and sausage sizzle. Banners are welcome, and the wearing of black, red and yellow ribbons is urged. The focus is on Reflection, Remembrance and Renewal, and there will be a call to support a Reparations Tribunal for the members of the Stolen Generations as referred to in the "Bringing Them Home" Report. For other events being held in cities and towns across Australia contact your local ATSIC office or Sorry Day Committee.