Have you wondered why there are a large number of Aboriginal and Sorry Day Flags around the Perth CBD? The Bringing Them Home Committee (WA), in partnership with the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Reconciliation Australia and the City of Perth have arranged for the flags and banners to be put up to alert the community to the fact that 26th May is Sorry Day and this leads into Reconciliation Week from 27th May to 3rd June.
The Bringing Them Home Committee will commemorate the fourteenth anniversary of the release of the Bringing them Home Report with a major event at Wellington Square in East Perth. The event has been planned in collaboration with a number of community and business groups and with the support of a large number of schools. In excess of 1,000 schoolchildren from around Perth will be attending.
School events and activities commence at 10.30am, but the formal proceedings begin at 12 noon to allow as many people as possible to come along during their lunchtime. Following the traditional Welcome to Country by a Noongar Elder, the Guest Speaker, David Wirrpanda will provide a personal reflection on what Sorry Day means for him. There will also be a smoking ceremony as Aboriginal people invite Non-Aboriginal Australians to join them in a walk of reconciliation to the Sorry Pole at the conclusion of the proceedings.
WHERE: Wellington Square in East Perth
WHEN: Thursday 26th May
10.30am for school activities
12 noon Formal Ceremony and Welcome to Country
12.20pm Speech by David Wirrpanda
12.45pm Smoking Ceremony
1.00pm Performances by Bryte MC, Ulla Shay & Damien Thornber and the Orphans
See you there!