On May 26, headspace Bega, guided by the Bega Aboriginal Land Council, hosted a meaningful event to mark National Sorry Day. The event aimed to acknowledge the deep pain and suffering experienced by the Stolen Generations, honour their resilience, and foster healing and unity within the community. The day was filled with heartfelt speeches, storytelling and messages of condolence.
The event commenced with a heartfelt Welcome to Country by Djiringanj Elder Aunty Glenda Dixon, who sat in front of a mural recently created by her niece, Robben Dixon. Aunty Ellen, another esteemed Elder, & Aunty Glenda shared stories that conveyed their families’ history, culture and lived experiences, providing a deeper understanding of the significance of National Sorry Day.
The event showcased the voices of First Nations students from Bega High School, who courageously shared their hopes for the future and offered condolences for the Stolen Generations. Their heartfelt messages evoked empathy and inspiration, emphasising the importance of fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. The art room at headspace Bega buzzed with activity as young people placed their hands on the wall, leaving heartfelt messages of empathy, support, and hope. The Djidjarns bought some language healing on the day, performing songs in Ngarigu and Djiringanj languages.
The National Sorry Day event at headspace Bega was a poignant reminder of the need to acknowledge and address the historical injustices Indigenous Australians face. The event aimed to facilitate healing, reconciliation, and a stronger sense of community by sharing stories, offering condolences, and fostering dialogue.