National Sorry Day 2017

The 26 May marks National Sorry Day. National Sorry Day provides an opportunity for the wider Australian public to reflect on the history of the Stolen Generations - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities - and work towards reconciliation and healing. Sorry Day events are being held all over the Country as a way to bring people together to share stories of survival and resilience.

The Library works with members of the Stolen Generations with advice and assistance on access to historic collections. As part of our Indigenous Collecting Strategy, the Library is actively commissioning projects that enable collection of Indigenous stories and voice.

In 2017, we are working with members of the Kinchela Boys Home Corporation to develop a series of oral histories of men who were removed from their families and taken to the Kinchela Boys Home, in Kempsey on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

The Library recently contributed to a National Summit Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child. The Summit brought together children who had experienced out-of-home care to discuss the need for quality archiving systems to support their sense of identity. Dr Tiffany McComsey, CEO of the Kinchela Boys Corporation joined Uncle Michael Welsh, Kinchela Boys Home as representative at the event, with Kirsten Thorpe, Manager Indigenous Services.

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Pictured: Kirsten Thorpe, Uncle Michael Welsh and Dr Tiffany McComsey.