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Celebrating National Sorry Day at Southern Cross University


Zuleika Henderson
25 May 2011
Southern Cross University will mark National Sorry Day tomorrow, Thursday, May 26 with a variety of activities across the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses.

Members of the public are invited to attend all the events which will feature story telling from local Aboriginal Elders and community members, pledge books for people to view and record their thoughts and art and cultural displays at the library at each campus. A light lunch will be available at each location, with the Gold Coast campus also celebrating with some local area bush tucker including kangaroo and dampers.

Professor Adrian Miller, head of Southern Cross University’s Gnibi College of Australian Peoples said he was looking forward to the event.

“National Sorry Day offers the community the opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families,” said Professor Miller.

“We have some interesting and thought-provoking activities planned across our campuses and we encourage members of the community to come and join us.

“The Sorry Day Pledge Books present an opportunity for the Australian public to demonstrate their commitment towards reconciliation by making a pledge of support for the 54 recommendations of the 'Bringing Them Home' report which are aimed at ensuring Indigenous Australians the equality, justice and human rights to which they are entitled.”

Story telling with local Aboriginal Elders and community members with light buffet luncheon to mark national Sorry Day will take place at the following times and locations at Southern Cross University campuses:

Gold Coast: 12 noon – 2pm, A129, Gold Coast campus, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga.

Lismore: 11am-1pm, Zest Function Centre, Lismore campus.

Coffs Harbour: 12am-2pm, Sacred Garden (behind D Block Theatre), Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour.

RSVPs for the above events are preferred but not essential. To RSVP call Gnibi College of Australian Peoples on 02 6620 3955.

Photo: Professor Adrian Miller, head of Southern Cross University’s Gnibi College of Australian Peoples is looking forward to National Sorry Day tomorrow (high resolution image available on request).