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Children unite for Sorry Day

 

SCHOOLS across South Gippsland took part in Sorry Day commemorations last Thursday, in a gesture of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures.

Students created seas of hands and placed these around Learning Stone places to observe the day, which shares steps towards healing for the stolen generations, their families and communities.

Some schools showed a short video taken from then prime minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 national address to the nation, apologising to Australia’s indigenous people, particularly the stolen generations and their families and communities, for the laws and policies that inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss.

Leongatha Secondary College Year 10 students Annie Carter, Ash Giliam and Tinisha Mills created and presented a banner to grades 3 and 6 students at Leongatha Primary School.

Children placed their hand prints on the banner to show support for indigenous people.

The banner will be displayed at the indigenous round of football between Leongatha and Wonthaggi in Wonthaggi on Sunday, July 3.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year.

Stolen generations refer to indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Across ages: students from Leongatha Secondary College and Leongatha Primary School display the banner they painted for the indigenous round of football between Leongatha and Wonthaggi on July 3. From left, Ash Giliam, Georgia Miller, Tinisha Mills, Louisa Campbell, Sam Popple and Annie Carter.

Across ages: students from Leongatha Secondary College and Leongatha Primary School display the banner they painted for the indigenous round of football between Leongatha and Wonthaggi on July 3. From left, Ash Giliam, Georgia Miller, Tinisha Mills, Louisa Campbell, Sam Popple and Annie Carter.

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