Sorry Day Acknowledgement 26 May

 25 May 2020


On Tuesday 26 May, the City of Monash will acknowledge Sorry Day.

This Australia wide observance recognises those Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, known as the Stolen Generations.

Acknowledgement of this day is an important step towards healing.

We invite you to join the journey towards healing with the City of Monash by watching the acknowledgement from 10am on Tuesday 26 May. It will also be available on our social media channels (Facebook @cityofmonash Twitter @monashcouncil)

The acknowledgement will include:

  • A Welcome to Country by Kellie Hunter
  • Messages from Cr Stuart James, Mayor of the City Monash and Cr MT Pang Tsoi, Deputy Mayor
  • Eva Jo Edwards a member of the Stolen Generations will share her journey
  • Performance and storytelling by Kutcha Edwards and Daniel J Marquez.

Kutcha is an Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter and member of the Stolen Generations. He will be accompanied on guitar by Grammy Award winning musician Daniel J Marquez.

This performance will also be available on our website and social media from 10am on Tuesday 26 May and will be available for one week.

To learn more about Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations:

National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June

With the theme In This Together, National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cutlures and achievements and to explore how reconciliation can be achieved in Australia.

There are a number of local and national events recognising Reconciliation Week.

Tuesday 26 May

Monash Libraries new online film club 'MonashFlix' will be screening The Australian Dream documentary of former AFL footballer and Indigenous Australia Adam Goodes.

Wednesday May 27

National Acknowledgement of Country (from 12pm)

Acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land you are on via social media, images, video, text, or silent reflection. Use #inthistogether2020

Find the Traditional Owners of the land you are on via the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

Thursday 28 May

Indigenous Storytime with Monash Libraries. View on their Facebook page

Friday 29 May

In Concert Together: Deadly Musos Live in Concert

Busby Marou, Alice Skye plus more from 9-10pm

An hour of music tunes and chat hosted by Christine Anu on her National Evenings show on ABC Radio and on Facebook Live – ABC and Reconciliation Australia Facebook page.

Saturday 30 May

Peta Clancy’s newly commissioned body of work Undercurrent seeks to uncover indigenous sites of significance within the City of Monash. Clancy consulted the Woi wurrung and the Boon wurrung people to seek their permission to photograph the sites and to speak to them about places of significance in the area. Clancy utilised the expertise of Dr Gary Presland, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne, for information regarding Indigenous culture and history in the region. 

The new body of work Clancy has created for Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind builds upon her acclaimed exhibition entitled ‘Undercurrent’ at the Koorie Heritage Trust which was developed throughout 2018 during her Koorie Heritage Trust Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency. The project focussed on a specific massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country that is now submerged under water. The works for this exhibition were created collaboratively with the Dja Dja Wurrung community, drawing upon oral histories, with deep respect and acknowledgment of the history of trauma that the site represents. 

Find out more 

Monday 1 June

Join a free class on Indigenous connection to land and sustainable land practices with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council.

Tuesday 2 June

Film Screening of Jedda. 

When an indigenous woman dies in childbirth, the baby is raised by Sarah (Betty Suttor), the wife of station owner Doug McMann (George Simpson-Lyttle). Doing their best to assimilate the child into white society, young Jedda is caught between two cultures – forbidden from learning about her indigenous heritage and never fully accepted by the other. As a teenager, Jedda (Ngarla Kunoth) is drawn to a mysterious newcomer called Marbuck (Robert Tudawali), a tribal man in search of work and offering a new perspective on life. But, as their nascent relationship is tested by cultural taboos, their destiny is set to become an echo through the ages. Rating: PG 

Monash library card holders can log in anytime to view on Beamafilm

Wednesday 3 June

The Mabo Decision was a legal case held in 1992. It is short for Mabo and others v Queensland (No 2) (1992). The legal decision was made by the High Court, the highest court in Australia, on 3 June 1992. .  

The Mabo decision was named after Eddie Mabo, the man who challenged the Australian legal system and fought for recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of their land. 

Most people know about the Mabo and Wik decisions. The Highest Court is a film about the decision makers. Having gained historic access, film shows first hand the characters and drama of the High Court of Australia, the pinnacle of legal and constitutional processes in Australia. The role of the Court is explored as the film follows the handing down of two historic constitutional judgments, Kruger and Ha, and the appointment of two new Justices — Hayne and Callinan. For the first time cases have been filmed as they actually happen in the Court culminating with the  Hindmarsh Island Bridge challenge. 

Free screening on Beamafilm The Highest Court


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