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.
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.
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.
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.