Freo proud to embrace Sorry Day: Lyon

Ross Lyon has expressed his pride in seeing Fremantle embrace National Sorry Day and the Indigenous community.

Speaking at his weekly media conference in Perth, the Freo senior coach wore the purple Sorry Day flower, which is the national symbol for the Stolen Generations across Australia.

It aims to create awareness of the removal policy that affected many families,people and cultural groups.

Without being prompted by journalists, Lyon interrupted questions about football to point out the flower and highlight the significance of Sorry Day to Australian society.

“I’ve got the purple flower on and I really want to acknowledge Sorry Day, the Stolen Generations and its continuing impact on those families and the community over several decades,” he told the assembled media. Continue reading “Freo proud to embrace Sorry Day: Lyon”

Dockers Commemorate Sorry Day

Bringing Them Home WA welcomes the work of the Fremantle Dockers in highlighting the story of Michael Johnson, one of their great Indigenous players, who will be attending this year’s Sorry Day activities.  The Dockers Indigenous Round jumper will feature a native hibiscus, the Stolen Generations Commemorative Flower, to coincide with Sorry Day.

For more information about the Stolen Generations Commemorative Flower, visit the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation website.

Dockers Media ReleaseJohnson to launch Freo’s 2014 Indigenous Round jumper

Michael Johnson will today launch Fremantle’s 2014 Indigenous Round themed jumper.
The defender and his fellow Indigenous players at the club will wear the jumper at Freo headquarters. Fremantle will run out in the jumper against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 1 June in this year’s AFL Indigenous Round.
The 2013 Indigenous Round jumper was extremely well received by the playing group and garnered wide support among Fremantle members and supporters.
The club’s 2014 Indigenous Round jumper is the clash version of last year’s home jumper, which this year features the Stolen Generation Commemorative Flower above three boomerangs.
The flower, a native hibiscus, is the national symbol for the Stolen Generations across Australia. It aims to create awareness of the removal policy that affected many families, people and cultural groups.
It was adopted because it is found widely across Australia and is a survivor. Its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.
Continue reading “Dockers Commemorate Sorry Day”

Bringing Them Home WA AGM 2013

Bringing Them Home WA held a successful AGM on Wednesday 30 October in the conference room of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service. A new committee of enthusiastic members have been voted in, with Jim Morrison and Alan Carter continuing on as Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal Co-Convenors respectively.

Jim and Alan gave a great overview of the year that was, which can be viewed here:

Co-convenors Report Cover Image

BTHWA Co-Convenors’ Report 2013

Sorry Day Prayer for Sunday 26 May

With Sorry Day being on a Sunday this year the Bringing Them Home WA Committee Bringing Them Home (white background)have produced a prayer and reflection resource which can be used in churches and faith communities on 26 May.  This will give an opportunity for faith communities to raise awareness about Sorry Day and continue the journey of reconciliation.

You can download the prayer here:  Sorry Day Prayer 2013

2011 BTHC Annual Report

The 2011 annual report prepared by the Bringing Them Home Committee co-convenors, Jim Morrison and Ian Robinson is now available to view and download online. Click the link below to read what the (entirely voluntary) committee worked towards and achieved in 20111!

Bringing Them Home Committee 2011 – Annual Report

In summary:

  • In 2011, we have achieved a lot in advocacy with both specialist and mainstream service providers, getting the stories heard and respected. Our education materials are still not ‘ready to serve’.
  • Sorry Day has been a spectacular success, but all of our mob are still hurting deeply. In 2012 we are concentrating on the support groups, Yarning Circles and further roll out of appropriate healing programs.
  • We also need to strategise about taking the big step into service provision and staffing. We need your help.
  • Join with us in the journey that heals everyone in our nation.

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