National Sorry Day is held every year on 26 May to commemorate the release of the Bringing Them Home Report. The report, released in 1997, inquired into the policies that allowed for the forced removal of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities.
Sorry Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge the trauma caused to those children and their families, and to recognise their strength and resilience.
The practice of forced removals via government policies has not gone away – today, Aboriginal children are being removed at increasing rates. In 2022, Aboriginal children were 10.4 times more likely to be removed than non-Aboriginal children.
The Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) works with Aboriginal families to get their children back, however they are facing service cuts due to a lack of funding. To support the reunification of Aboriginal children with their families and communities, you can donate to the ALS. #PayTheRent
For more information, check out The Conversation, Family Matters and the National Indigenous Times.
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