Today, May 26th 2016 is National Sorry Day.  

Today, as we commemorate Sorry Day, we remember and honour the many Aboriginal people who were forcibly removed as children from their families and taken to institutions, foster homes or into adoption.

We remember and honour those who have passed as well as their descendants. We think of our Stolen Generation community members who live today with the profound grief, suffering and loss as a result of the government’s systematic removal policies.

We reflect also on the extent of the impact of the policies of forced removal across our community.  We know that few Indigenous families have not been touched by the loss of family members, and the journey to reunite and reform those bonds of family, community and identity.

“It never goes away. Just ‘cause we’re not walking around on crutches or with bandages or
plasters on our arms and legs, doesn’t mean we’re not hurting. Just ‘cause you can’t see
it…I’ll carry these sorts of wounds ‘till the day I die.”
— Bringing Them Home Report

Today we would like to honour those who have had their friend, family, children, cousins, brothers, sisters - stolen.  We would like to share with you the story of Janet Hayden, as she ran through a school, searching desperately for her niece when the government officials turned up at a small town in the Great Southern region.

This story was collected by Centre for Stories for the Empathy Museum's 'A Mile in my Shoes' installation as part of Perth International Arts Festival.