The Guardian May 23, 2001


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.

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