Tuesday 26 May 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council is acknowledging Reconciliation Week by providing Sorry books in the Shire’s libraries at Bermagui, Bega, Merimbula and Eden.
Mayor Michael Britten said National Sorry Day on 26 May marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week and its recognition is seen by many as a significant step forward in reconciliation.
“On 13 February 2008 Australia’s Prime Minister formally apologised to Australia’s Indigenous people, particularly the Stolen Generations, their families and communities, for the laws and policies that inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss,” he said.
“National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance that gives the whole community a chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generation - Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.”
The Mayor said having Sorry Day books in the libraries will enable all members of the community to show their support and recognition by writing messages and signing in their pages.