Blog of the Day
posted by Charles Passi, May 24, 2013
This Sunday is National Sorry Day, when Australia acknowledges the forcible removal of indigenous children from their families and communities. Charles Passi from the Healing Foundation asks all Australians to contribute to the collective journey of healing and recognition.
As the Chair of the Healing Foundation I’ve been given a responsibility and challenge to lead the nation to a place where all Australians, especially the Stolen Generations, can heal from the pain of the past. I have a vision that on National Sorry Days to come we will remember how we moved forward from the national Apology, how we were given a Healing Foundation; and how these two events signified the start of a new journey, not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but for the whole country.
Getting to a point where we see this day as a day of celebration will take a lot of work from each and every one of us. Healing is not easy; healing can be painful. It’s like getting a splinter caught in your finger. To make it better you first have to yank the splinter out, and that’s going to hurt.
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