On Tuesday, 26 May 2020, our community will honour National Sorry Day to commemorate the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations.
Our community will spread the image of the native hibiscus flower to show our solidarity for remembrance and healing on National Sorry Day. The flower represents the scattering of the Stolen Generations and their resilience to the eugenic policies of Australia. Its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.
The forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children began in the 1800s and continued until the 1970s. Thousands of children were removed from their families and communities over this time, causing unparalleled damage.
North Richmond Community Health stands on Wurundjeri Land and we are committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our Aboriginal communities. We are honoured to have a Woi wurrung name, Wulumperi-kertheba, which translates to ‘staying healthy together’. We were given the name by Wurundjeri Senior Elder Doreen Garvey-Wandin.
We acknowledge the ongoing impact of government policy on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We also acknowledge the enduring strength of Aboriginal people in the face of historic and current-day oppression and disadvantage.
We have some videos below that may help the community at this time