National Sorry Day 2022 – UPDATE

The difficult and sad decision was made to not proceed with the Sorry Day event at Kalinga Park. 

Noonga Reconciliation Group visited the park yesterday to discover that the park is in poor condition due to recent flooding events. The Sorry Site is in a low-lying area of the park and therefore difficult to access in the parks current condition. We do not wish to further damage the park and prioritise and value the safety of attendees.

Noonga Reconciliation Group is working towards an alternative Sorry Day 2022 commemoration. We are working towards creating an online resource to commemorate this year’s Sorry Day, which will be distributed via email and available on the website as a resource and for future reference.

Thank you to the community, schools, organisations, and individuals who have supported Sorry Day this year and we are appreciative of the incredible support from the Brisbane north community of this significant event. Please see Brisbane City Council page for alternative Sorry Sites if you wish to attend a Sorry Site on May 26. Please be aware of changes in the weather due to nature of an outdoor event.(https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community-and-safety/community-support/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-programs/national-sorry-day

We are disappointed that this year’s event cannot go ahead and again thank the community for their support in the planning of the event. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and please reach out should you have any questions.

Head to https://mailchi.mp/2ad23c5c7e76/sorry-day-2022 to find out more about the visit to Cherbourg ration shed as part of the Sorry Day planning process.  

If you are interested to learn more about the Kalinga Park Sorry Day Ceremony, please see our virtual ceremony from 2020 below.

Noonga Reconciliation Group Sorry Day Ceremony 2020

Alongside the video commemoration, we also share a learning resource called “Towards a Just and Harmonious Future”. This document, with reading summary, is available for all educators and community members to use. It was written and compiled by Aunty Bev Hickey with an aim to increase awareness of the experience of the Stolen Generations with a focus on historical perspectives in the North Brisbane/Meeanjin area. We welcome you to also share this resource with your community.

We invite you to send us through your own reflections about Sorry Day, the Stolen Generations or the recommendations from the Bringing Them Home report that have still not been actioned. It could be a letter, a poem, a video, a song. Please send it to us at noonga.rg@gmail.com or contact us via our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/noongareconciliationgroup