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Teachers' Notes

Sorry Day

This is a Ready-Ed Publications' book preview. • Ask the students when they think Sorry Day is. Write this date on the board. (May 26th every year.) • Ask them to whom we are saying sorry to. (Traditional owners of the land/Indigenous Australians.) Write this on the board.

• Ask them why we are saying sorry. Write responses on the board. (For not respecting indigenous cultures and helping them to grow and survive after colonisation. For trying to force Indigenous Australians to become European. For the laws and policies put in place which disadvantaged Indigenous Australians. For the Stolen Generation.) • Ask them what we are trying to achieve by Sorry Day. Write responses on the board. (The healing of our nation, reconciliation, unity and harmony.) • Ask them when the first Sorry Day was and why we haven’t had a Sorry Day before this time. Write this information on the board. (1998 – previous Australian governments have refused to say sorry.) • Show the students images created for previous Sorry Days. Discuss as a class how they show unity, healing and how they say sorry. (The joining of hands, using Aboriginal colours, written text, symbols of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians side-by-side, feet walking together, bridges, bandaids, etc.) • Ask students to create their own Sorry Day image to market Sorry Day. They should include some of the information that is already on the board and include a caption, such as, Healing the Nation. • Discuss what happens in the students’ local area on Sorry Day. Ask students to record the events that have happened by writing and/or drawing. • Ask the students to create an invitation to their own Sorry Day celebration, using the information on the board. Extension Activity:

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• Students could also examine NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week and MABO Day.

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Section 4: Special Days, Symbols and Emblems

Australian History Series: Book 3 - Community and Remembrace  

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