National Sorry Day
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Aug 2022

National Sorry Day, or the National Day of Healing, is commemorated yearly on 26 May.

The first Sorry Day was held in 1998, one year after The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission inquiry produced the Bringing them Home report on the Stolen Generations. 

Between 1910 & the 1970s as many as one in three First Nations children were forcibly removed from their families and communities.  Australian government policy was to assimilate and “breed out” First Nations people and culture.

On 13 February 2008, the Parliament of Australia issued a formal apology to First Nations Australians for forced removals of their children from their families by Australian federal and state government agencies.  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered The National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

It is important that Australia commemorate this significant date in the nation’s history, acknowledging the wrongs of the past, while reflecting on the journey that still needs to be undertaken to address the impacts of unresolved intergenerational trauma.

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