National Sorry Day

Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank everyone who attended the National Sorry Day morning tea.

National Sorry Day is a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Stolen Generations: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their families, communities, and cultures between the 1800s and the 1970s.

The day started with a Welcome to Country, followed by a smoking ceremony performed by Aaron “Rooney” Grambeau. He spoke about indigenous heritage, language, history and culture, whilst teaching all the attendees about didgeridoos. We’ve all come to know them as indigenous instruments, but they also had practical merits, allowing people to carry water, carry bush herbs and could be used in camping retreats.

This was followed by a community morning tea including some delicious bush tucker.

Melissa, Central Grampians LLEN’s Program Manager and board member of the Gariwerd Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) and the Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG), organised this event and was pleased to see LAN and LAECG board member Evelyn Harmer and LAN and LAECG Vice Chair Suzie Hamilton.

Thank you to everyone who helped organise and support the commemoration of this important day.