Women of the community came together on Wednesday, May 26, at the Lismore Women’s Resource Centre to mark the anniversary of the government’s apology to the Stolen Generations.
Karen Roberts, Manager of Bugalma Bihyn (formerly Lismore Aboriginal Women’s and Children’s Refuge) spoke to the gathering and led a one-minute silence to remember those who were forcibly removed, who have passed on and acknowledging all Aboriginal Australians who have been affected.
Mayor Jenny Dowell also spoke about the significance of the day and the importance of acknowledging reconciliation as an ongoing process.
Women then enjoyed an afternoon tea provided by Lismore City Council and supported the mothers and children of the Stolen Generations by purchasing commemorative Sorry Day Hibiscus Flowers.
The flowers marked the 13th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report, a key factor in the recognition of Australia’s Stolen Generations.
According to the Bringing Them Home report, over 100,000 children have been forcibly removed from their homes in Australia over the years.
However, the numbers are believed to be much higher but hard to calculate because for most of the time there was no record keeping. The children who were removed from their home have become known as the Stolen Generations.
The event was a partnership between Lismore Women’s Resource Centre, Bugalma Bihyn and Lismore City Council.