Sorry Day to remember past wrongs
KADINA High School, a school that teaches more than 50 students that identify themselves as Aboriginal, held a Sorry Day assembly on Wednesday as part of the national day.
Principal, Ian Davies, led the assembly and urged students to work towards making society more inclusive. “Today is an opportunity to acknowledge these students, their families as descendants and acknowledge their relationship with culture, spirituality and country,” Mr Davies said.
“As a school community, we have committed to walking the reconciliation path together, indigenous and non-indigenous trying to make a difference to the young people of the 21st century.
“I grew up in Queensland and had the honour of being a friend of the late Senator Neville Bonner – in fact I was best man at the wedding of one of his step-grandsons.
“Neville once told me that his mother wasn’t allowed to go to hospital to give birth to him and that he was born on Ukerebagh Island in the mouth of the Tweed River. In those days, Aboriginals weren’t welcome even at state schools.
“I believe what he believed is that we’ve got to come together; as one people. We are all Australians regardless of your ethnic background, political beliefs, religious beliefs; we are all Australians.
“Each and every one of you can make a difference as we move into the future. It’s all about the recognition and acceptance each of us has, and the right to be an individual.”
Two students, Jasmine Bolt Donnelly and Rima Franks, also spokes Sorry Day and the implications it has on today’s society.