As emphasised by the Bringing them Home Committee (WA), this years Sorry Day takes on a new significance in light of the recent Apology delivered by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd on the 13th February 2008. The Apology by the Prime Minister provides for a renewed focus by organisations and individuals on working towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
The Sorry Banners organised by the Northern Suburbs Reconciliation Group at the Perth based live telecast of The Apology demonstrates this renewed commitment by Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to find a way to reconcile and seek healing. One of these 30 metre banners will be displayed at the State Library of Western Australia from Reconciliation Week in early June through to NAIDOC Week in early July 2008.
The State Library of Western Australia recognises it has a crucial role to play towards this reconciliation and healing through its work in collecting, preserving and promoting Western Australia’s cultural heritage and in responding to the information needs of all communities. As with other National and State Libraries around Australia we are committed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resources Information Protocols.
There are a number of Sorry Day events being held around the Perth and Fremantle Metropolitan area which we would encourage you to attend, to “let the healing begin”.
- Bringing them Home Committee (WA) East Perth Event – Wellington Square East Perth, 12pm to 3pm – Noongar Welcome to Coutnry, Guest Speakers, Dance and Music. For more information aSPAM FREE firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph: Sarah 92609800
- Fremantle City Council Event Fremantle Town Hall, 3pm to 5pm follow this link for more details.
- Catholic Education Office and Caritas Australia West Perth Event – Kings Park, May Drive, Synergy Parklands, 9.30 to 11.30am. Reconcilation the Journey Starts Today and World Youth Journey of the Cross. From more information aSPAM FREE janeenM@caritas.org.au]
The State Library of WA is interested in receiving a record of these events as part of its The Apology WA Collection so please do contact us if you are interested in contributing.
Yours sincerely, Lucia Ravi, Subject Specialist – Indigenous