A poignant National Sorry Day event held at NRL Cowboys House offered staff, students and House partners time to reflect on historical injustices toward Indigenous Australians, as the Cowboys Community Foundation continues to support reconciliation.

National Sorry Day, held yearly on 26 May, acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities under Government policies, now recognised as the Stolen Generations.

NRL Cowboys House partners, staff and students gathered for a moving ceremony on the Boys Campus which included performances from NRL Cowboys House dancers, before visitors mingled over breakfast.

House senior student and boarding captain Chasidy Pearson spoke to the gathering about the significance of the day.

“National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how Australians can all play a part in the healing process for the people and nation,” she said.

“While this date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it is also commemorated by Australians right around the country.”

National Sorry Day was first recognised in 1998 following the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report in parliament, the result of a government inquiry into the past policies.

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