National Sorry Day (26th May) is an annual day to remember the Stolen Generations. It is an opportunity to lament, pray and share the truth of the trauma, pain and injustice that Aboriginal children, families and communities endured through child removal policies and the ongoing intergenerational impacts. 

On this day, we lament the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children are still being removed from their families at a rate almost 10 times higher than non-Indigenous children. And data shows the number of Indigenous children in out-of-home care is projected to double by 2029. 

National Sorry Day came from one of the recommendations from the Bringing them Home Report released in 1997 (we strongly encourage all to read the Bringing Them Home Report here). 

Bianca Manning, Gomeroi woman and Common Grace’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Coordinator wrote a prayer for the Stolen Generations that you are invited to pray. Bianca’s grandmother was a member of the Stolen Generations, being forcibly removed from her family at the age of 3 and put into Cootamundra Girls Home. 

Sorry is an important ongoing step on our nation’s healing journey. As followers of Jesus, may our love and our sorry be not only in word but in actions and in truth (1 John 3:18).

Safina Stewart, proud Wuthithi and Mabuiag Island woman, artist and Common Grace Relationships and Storytelling Coordinator, has also developed a National Sorry colouring-in sheet for Common Grace you are welcome to use here

We encourage you to attend a Sorry Day event in your community. Below are a list of events, but if your area isn’t listed please find out what is happening near you (Your local council, Aboriginal medical service or land council, and Facebook are great places to start!). 


Thursday 25 May


National Sorry Day Event, Landcare and Sustainable Living Centre, umali barai-ku

2A Five Islands Rd, Booragul NSW



National Sorry Day Event, Moondani Toombadool Centre 

Swinburne University of Technology

AD Building, John St, Hawthorn VIC



Friday 26 May


Sorry Day, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Darug Land at Lemongrove Campus, outdoor garden near Springfield Cottage

Glebe Place, Penrith NSW


RSVP [email protected] 


National Sorry Day Commemoration, Liverpool Regional Museum

462 Hume Highway, Corner Congressional Drive, Liverpool NSW



National Sorry Day, Noonga Reconciliation Group

Kalinga Park, Sorry Day site 

Via Park Ave entrance, Clayfield QLD

10am ceremony

11am BBQ

Enquiries: [email protected]


National Sorry Day, Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group

Teralba Park, Cnr Osborne Rd/Pullen Rd, Everton Park, QLD



Link Up (Qld)’s Sorry Day Breakfast 2023

Orleigh Park, 68 Hill End Terrace, West End QLD



SA National Reconciliation Week Breakfast Commemorating National Sorry Day

Adelaide Convention Centre

North Terrace, Adelaide SA



Sorry Day at Knox, Knox Civic Centre

511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC




Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place, Sorry Day Workshop

Westall Community Hub

35 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South VIC


RSVP [email protected]


National Sorry Day 2023, Melville Oval Pavillion

Market Pl, Hamilton VIC



National Sorry Day 2023, Boonwurrung/Bunurong Country

Functions by the Bay

Cnr Plowman & Young Street, Frankston VIC



National Sorry Day Healing Ceremony, Malahang Reserve

Oriel Rd, Heidelberg West VIC



2023 Sorry Day Commemoration, Monash Park

Cnr Welsford & Fryers St, Shepparton VIC



Sorry Day, Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club

15 Legge Way, Cape Paterson VIC

10:00am - 1:00pm


Saturday 27 May


Sorry Day Stolen Generations Community Gathering

Tarpeian Precinct Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW



Sorry Day Afternoon Tea & Guest Speaker, Kyabra Community Association

37 Kyabra St, Runcorn QLD



Sunday 28 May


National Sorry Day 2023, Mona Vale Memorial Hall

1 Park St, Mona Vale NSW



Balaangala Community Group Sorry Day Commemoration 2023

Balaangala Garden

98 Yoorala St, The Gap QLD


RSVP [email protected] 

We will continue updating this page as National Sorry Day approaches. If you have any Sorry Day events you’d like us to add, please email [email protected]