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Sorry Day Bridge Walk in 2019

Staff, clients, children and volunteers at Woden Community Service joined with over 2,000 people in the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk on Friday 24 May.

Groups of children from Lollipop Early Learning Centre and Lyons Children’s Centre participated in the walk, stopping for a picnic near the National Library before returning over the bridge. Bridge walk Lollipop 2019

The National Sorry Day Bridge Walk commemorates the first National Sorry Day, held on 26 May 1998; exactly one year after the Bringing Them Home report into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in the Australian Parliament.

This year’s Bridge Walk began at Regatta Point and walked across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. The event included a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony at the start of the event.Bridge walk Lyons 2019

Schools were encouraged to design and bring a banner on the day interpreting what ‘Sorry Day’ meant to you – with WCS proudly carrying their banner. Bridge walk moving 2019

The Bridge Walk precedes National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year the NRW theme is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage.

Bridge walk crowd 2019

Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and elders past, present and future."