Whitehorse News - May 2020
Whitehorse City Council Goes Digital to Support Reconciliation on National Sorry Day
The City of Whitehorse will show its support for Reconciliation with Whitehorse City Council Mayor Councillor Sharon Ellis raising the Aboriginal flag at the Council offices and a Wurundjeri Elder will perform a Welcome to Country.
Whitehorse City Council continues to follow directions issued under the Victorian State of Emergency. In line with restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, this year’s Sorry Day ceremony will not be open to the public. People are encouraged to livestream the ceremony via Council’s Facebook page.
National Sorry Day recognises the impact of Australian historical policies, practices and attitudes on First Nations people. Council’s flag raising ceremony will commemorate past injustices and honour the ongoing survival of the world’s oldest living culture.
National Sorry Day is the start of Reconciliation Week, which runs annually from 27 May to 3 June. The theme this year is ‘In This Together’.
‘Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities ...[and] as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.
~ Reconciliation Australia ~