Public walk to commemorate

Students and teachers join Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation staff to remember children forcibly removed from their homes following European settlement in Australia. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Recognition. A band of locals carried the Aboriginal flag respectfully last Friday, walking in Smithton to commemorate the stolen generations of the past.

Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation staff were accompanied by students and teachers from Smithton High School and St Peter Chanel Catholic School as they walked from East Esplanade to West, to highlight National Sorry Day (May 26).

CHAC family support worker Amanda Taylor said students were “very aware” of what the walk symbolised, as it complemented content studied in class.

“Some of the comments that the young children had made were that it had made them more aware of Sorry Day. Even though they weren’t directly involved, they felt sorry.”

Following the walk, commemorations continued at Trawmanna with a community lunch and smoking ceremony: an Aboriginal cleansing ritual said to ward off bad spirits.

National Sorry Day is an annual day of commemoration and remembrance of children forcibly removed from their families by the government since European settlement.

On May 26, 1997 the ‘Bringing them Home’ report was tabled in parliament, acknowledging the fact and marking the national day of remembrance.

Ms Taylor said it is hoped the community walk will become an annual one.

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