2012 National Sorry Day

Aboriginal Flag

The 2012 National Sorry Day will be commemorated at La Trobe University on Monday 28 May. The day provides an opportunity nationwide for all Australians to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

Aboriginal FlagLa Trobe’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar will speak on behalf of the University and other special guests speaking and performing include: Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, Senior Wurundjeri Elder who will provide a Welcome to Country; Archie Roach & Band and the Jindi Worabek Wurundjeri Dance Troupe.

In addition, Nellie Green—Manager of Indigenous Students Services at La Trobe—will provide a personal reflection during the two-hour ceremony that recognises the National Day of commemoration and remembrance.

‘My story is just one of many stories. Our stories can reach into people’s hearts, remind people of things they might take for granted and influence the way we might go about addressing some of the things that cause disadvantage and exclusion. 

‘This is particularly so in relation to Indigenous people accessing education and educating others about the experiences, aspirations and realities of Indigenous peoples,’ says Ms Green.

‘At a local level I personally believe we have space for hope here at La Trobe through education, awareness, and new leadership.’ 

The first Sorry Day was held in Sydney in 1998, it is now commemorated nationally with thousands of Australians from all walks of life participating in memorial services, commemorative meetings, survival celebrations and community gatherings to honour the Stolen Generations.

Sorry Day has helped to keep a focus and the issue of the Stolen Generations on both the political and social agenda

‘By holding the 2012 Sorry Day Ceremony at La Trobe, our hope is to instil some faith and keep the journey going,’ says Ms Green. 

‘I am committed to taking on the next stage of our journey, through communication, genuine engagement, and the knowledge that Indigenous students and staff are more than worth the investment.’ 

Media Opportunities

What: Sorry Day Ceremony

When: Monday May 28, 2012 from 12-2pm

Where: Odeon Room, Union Building, La Trobe University Bundoora Campus


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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer

T:  03 9479 5353 M:  0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au