Thursday, 26 May 2016

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day; a day for commemorating the Stolen Generations and reflecting on the great injustices that were committed against Aboriginal Australians with the forced removal of children from their families, communities and culture.

It is 19 years since the release of the Bringing them Home report, by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission), into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

National Sorry Day is about acknowledging the symbolic importance of saying sorry, but also the need for action to address the racism and inequality that Aboriginal people continue to face.

Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) protects the distinct cultural rights held by Aboriginal people. The Commission is in the process of developing new resources to increase the awareness, understanding and use of Aboriginal cultural rights under the Charter.

The Commission has also been trialling Report Racism with the Aboriginal Community, a third party reporting initiative which enables people to report racism online or at a local community organisation, as well as directly to Victoria Police or the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

More information about Bringing them Home and Sorry Day