On this day, 21 years ago, an important report titled Bringing Them Home was tabled in the Australian Parliament.
The report highlighted the suffering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families under Commonwealth, state and territory Aboriginal protection and welfare laws and policies. It acknowledged that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly taken from their families, communities and their Country since early European settlement in Australia. These children were placed in institutions and with non-Indigenous Australian families. They are the children of the Stolen Generations.
This time of separation in history has had a profound impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, across communities and culture throughout the decades that have followed. A day filled with mixed emotions, National Sorry Day is a reminder of the importance of acknowledging and apologising for past wrongs as an important part of healing.
Here at Uniting, we acknowledge the great suffering caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the generations and remain committed to closing the many inequality gaps between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
We know our organisation is richer because of the friendships and partnerships we’ve made with Aboriginal Elders and other community members and Aboriginal organisations, and we thank them for welcoming us into their history and culture. We are also thankful for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers and workers at Uniting, who with our non-Indigenous staff make a difference in our community every day.
Today and every day, we pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and those to come.
Today is National Sorry Day, where we pay respects to the stolen generation and acknowledge the ongoing trauma and pain caused by the forced removal of Indigenous children.
The first National Sorry Day was held on May 26, 1998, which was one year after the tabling of a report about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. This anniversary is an opportunity to to acknowledge the past and respond to the needs of the present. #NationalSorryDay
There are 128 Yukon First Nation graduates at this years Celebration!!! Woot! Woot! I’m so honoured to be the MC this year. My heart swells with pride as I see all these young indigenous adults dressed in their finest. I also want to acknowledge the families and those who have guided them. Chi-Miigwetch!! 😍❤️💕👍🏽👌🏽
Our panel discussion is tomorrow at 3 pm, and will focus on Beau Dick as an artist and activist, and how his legacy will impact the future Indigenous artists in B.C.. The panelists include Linnea Dick, Beau’s Daughter, the co-curator of this exhibition and a literary artist. Joshua Watts, an artist and recent recipient of YVR Emerging Artist award. Jeneen Frei Njootli is also an artist, who completed an MFA in 2017 and had an opportunity to work with Beau when he was an artist in Residence at UBC.
Beau Dick and Eugene Isaac
Raven Transformation Mask (Tlingit style), 2002
Photo courtesy of Trevor Mills
Are you as excited as we are about having another sunny weekend? ☀️
If you're looking to spend some time outdoors, consider checking out our beautiful tipis & getting a unique tour from one of our guides! #ChinikiCulture#FirstNations
Had a great visit with the Making of Treaty 7 Cultural Society this week. Making of Treaty 7 explores the historical significance, contemporary relevance and the consequences of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877. Keep up the great! #ableg#abpoli#abndp#indigenous#firstnations