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National Sorry Day

26 May 2021

 

Today, we stop, pause and reflect on the strength of our Stolen Generations and the healing that is still ongoing as part of National Sorry Day.

 

On Darug land at Nepean Hospital, a ceremony in the Rose Garden featured a healing smoking ceremony by Chris Tobin and performances from the Muriwari people of Brewarrina by Walan Mahlee dancers. Guest speaker, Elly Chatfield spoke about finding her identify after being stolen from her mother when she was just over a year old. CE, Kay Hyman also spoke about what she sees as the way forward for reconciliation.

 

Director of Aboriginal Health, Rachel Scobie says Sorry Day is a time of healing.

 

“We work in a healing profession and on Sorry Day we have an opportunity to acknowledge past trauma, but to also acknowledge the strength and resilience of our Stolen Generations,” says Rachel.

 

At Blue Mountains Hospital, staff from across the District were invited to decorate or paint a hand print to form a larger artwork to commemorate the day.

 

“It is an opportunity for staff to share knowledge and use creativity to express what the event means to them. It’s going to become a beautiful artwork that everyone can enjoy. It will also be a time when staff can reflect on intergenerational trauma and what this means to the local Aboriginal community. We hope this will make our hospital feel more respectful and welcoming,” says Blue Mountains Hospital Acting General Manager, Elizabeth Harford.

 

National Sorry Day is an annual event held on 26 May, where Australia comes together to acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and attempt to forge new relationships for a better future.