Reconciliation is not only remembering, but advocating for change

To mark National Reconciliation Week #InThisTogether2020 we dive into our archive to share some of the meaningful conversations along the reconciliation journey.

It is 20-years since more than a quarter of a million people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in solidarity as an apology to the Stolen Generations. That same day, Sydney’s skies were emblazoned with the word ‘sorry’. It was a palpable moment, and one filled with hope.

Two years earlier, on 26 May 1998, the first National Sorry Day had been held, picking up on the momentum of the Bringing Them Home Report, tabled in Parliament the previous year. It acknowledged the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina