Today the Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity Jenni Perkins, acknowledges the Stolen Generations, and says “We are sorry for the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.”
Every year on this day May 26, ceremonies, marches, speeches and presentations are held around the country to commemorate Sorry Day, the day on which Australians express regret for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people.
The first Sorry Day was held in 1998, one year after the report 'Bringing them Home' was first tabled in parliament.
The report, which resulted from a national inquiry, documented the forced removal of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, between 1910 and the 1970s. The children who were removed have come to be known as the Stolen Generations.
The Commission will join with Reconciliation WA, in Wellington Square on 26 May, for the National Sorry Day commemoration.