Town to unite for Sorry Day

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

Katan­ning will recog­nise Sorry Day and the 50th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the 1967 ref­er­en­dum dur­ing com­mem­o­ra­tions in the town square to­mor­row.

The 1967 ref­er­en­dum pro­posed changes to the Con­sti­tu­tion to in­clude Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in pop­u­la­tion counts and to al­low the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to clas­sify first Aus­tralians as their own racial class.

The ref­er­en­dum at­tracted 90 per cent support and was made law in Au­gust that year.

Support service Palmer­ston and the Shire of Katan­ning have headed up prepa­ra­tions for Sorry Day com­mem­o­ra­tions, which will in­clude sev­eral Noon­gar speak­ers telling their story of life as an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son. There will be per­for­mances by lo­cal school chil­dren and up­beat South Coast band Ras­ta­trix.

The event will also host health and so­cial service providers, which will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on how to ac­cess ser­vices if needed.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions will run from 1pm-5pm in the Katan­ning town square.

South Coast band Ras­ta­trix will per­form at Sorry Day in Katan­ning.

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