Town to mark Sorry Day
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.
Rastatrix will perform in the town square tomorrow.