Walk spreads message of hope

By Shepparton News

In commemoration of the Stolen Generation and Sorry Day, a small group banded together for a healing walk across ‘‘The Flats’’ in Mooroopna yesterday.

National Sorry Day has progressed throughout Australia on May 26 since 1998 following the release of the 1997 Bringing Them Home report.

The event provides a voice for mistreated Aboriginal people and the children who were forcibly removed from their families as a result of various government policies between 1910 and 1970.

Ahead of today’s Sorry Day ceremony at Shepparton’s Monash Park, a group of more than 10 people marched through Goulburn River bushland near the Peter Ross-Edwards causeway, in an area known as ‘‘The Flats’’ spreading the message of hope for future generations.

Maya Living Free Healing Association director Felicia Morgan said the message was clear: ‘‘stop moving the children and start healing the families’’.

‘‘Once upon a time organisations were determined to fight for us, but now there’s a barrier, because they can’t function without a high statistic to fight for and we’re saying no, we need the government to implement jobs for the next generation,’’ Ms Morgan said.

Former Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative chief executive Lee Joachim said the problems were becoming intergenerational.

‘‘As much as we’re asking the government to be accountable, we’ve got to be accountable for ourselves and we’re not doing that - there is a limited voice in this process and that limited voice here in Shepparton is down to a few people,’’ Mr Joachim said.

Ms Morgan and Mr Joachim agreed the Sorry Day Healing Walk would become an annual event in support of mistreated Aboriginal people and children.

The Sorry Day ceremony will be held at Monash Park in Shepparton today at 10.30am and will be followed by a commemorative walk at 11.15am.

An additional ceremony will be at LaTrobe University Shepparton campus from 5pm.