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“National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations'”, Reconcilliation Australia.
To create these National Sorry Day paintings, you will need:
(1) Simply use the tape to mark out the word “Sorry” on the paper. Younger students may need some help with this.
(2) Provide students with paint (we used the colours of the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag) and let them paint over the top of the washi tape.
(3) When the paint is dry, carefully remove the washi tape to reveal the word “Sorry”.
More National Sorry Day Activities and Resources
Build field knowledge by using these wonderful songs, videos, and picture books by Indigenous creators with your students. Examine the history of the Stolen Generations and reflect on why Sorry Day is such an important day for Australians.
This picture book is suitable for primary-aged students. It is a fictional account of the Stolen Generations. Stolen Girl is about an Aboriginal girl taken from her family by the government and sent to a children’s home. She sings and dreams of her mother and the life they once shared, but each morning is woken by the bell to the harsh reality of the children’s home. Finally, one day she unlocks the door and takes her first step toward home.
Next Saturday is the 20th year of National Sorry Day. Our lesson, Stolen Girl, provides students with a clear…
If your school is a member of Aboriginal teaching resource website Wingaru Kids, you’ll have access to their great lesson about “Stolen Girl”. Read more about Wingaru Kids.
“Tell Me Why” by Robyn Templeton and Sarah Jackson
“Tell Me Why” by Robyn Templeton and Sarah Jackson tells the true story of a young girl’s search for identity and desire to understand her Aboriginality. Seven-year-old Sarah goes to her great-grandmother and asks questions about her family. This universal feel-good story looks at how family history shapes our childhood journeys. The Malgalba Books website explains:
“[Robyn] wrote Tell Me Why with her daughter, Sarah, in response to her questions and personal journey. She recalls feeling the same way and hopes that their book will help other children, or adults, who are exploring their identity.”
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