Town to mark Sorry Day

Great Southern Herald - - News - Gareth Thomas

We will take time to re­mem­ber 'sorry busi­ness' of the past, such as poli­cies of forced child re­moval, as well as cel­e­brat­ing re­silience, heal­ing and the power of say­ing sorry. David Ras­trick

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 from the Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion and was made law in Au­gust that year.

Sup­port ser­vice Palmer­ston and the Shire of Katan­ning have headed up the prepa­ra­tions for Sorry Day com­mem­o­ra­tions, which will in­clude sev­eral Noon­gar speak­ers telling their story of life as an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son.

There will be per­for­mances from lo­cal school chil­dren and up­beat South Coast band Ras­ta­trix.

Band leader David Ras­trick said he was hon­oured to be in­vited to take part in the event.

“We will take time to re­mem­ber ‘sorry busi­ness’ of the past, such as poli­cies of forced child re­moval, as well as cel­e­brat­ing re­silience, heal­ing and the power of say­ing sorry,” he said.

The event will also host health and so­cial ser­vice providers, who will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on how to ac­cess ser­vices if needed. Com­mem­o­ra­tions run from 1-5pm in the Katan­ning town square.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Pic­ture: David Ras­trick

Ras­ta­trix will per­form in the town square to­mor­row.

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