Becca De Souza reflects on the recent ‘Voice and the Church’ conference held by Scarred Tree Ministries on the lands of Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation (St John’s Anglican Church, Glebe, Sydney).
Artist Safina Stewart has prepared a colouring in sheet for Sorry Day. @ArtBySafina
Today is National Sorry Day. National Sorry Day came from one of the recommendations from the Bringing them Home Report released in 1997. Today is the day on the nation’s calendar where we remember the Stolen Generations.
It is right to listen again to the experiences -
"And every morning as the sun came up the whole family would wail. They did that for 32 years until they saw me again. Who can imagine what a mother went through? But you have to learn to forgive."
- Inscription at Colebrook Blackwood Reconciliation Park
“There was my Mother still down on her knees, the scene that I saw broke my heart as though somebody has pierced my heart with a sharp knife, Mother down on her knees and Granny frail old woman put her arms around her Daughter trying to comfort her both crying, tears streaking down my cheeks as we drove away, and that scene has remained with me as I was growing up, it was the last time I’ve seen them and they were never to be seen again.” - Connie Cole
Artist Safina Stewart has prepared a colouring-in sheet for the day - get a pdf version here.