Dear students, parents and guardians,

Footage from the Sorry Day ceremony at the DECV today May 25, is now available on the DECV website.

Our special guest speaker today was Darren Atkinson, a local indigenous person who is heavily involved in the Aboriginal Advancement League and a co-ordinator of the Melbourne Stars Basketball club. The club is very focused on working with young people who may feel isolated and enjoy the social and health benefits of sport.
Darren has expressed an invitation to DECV students who may be interested in joining the Stars Basketball club, within the Northern region of Melbourne. You can find out more information by going to:


Rachel Matthews
Indigenous Cultural Inclusion Officer
DECV 84800232

Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing Them Home, May 1997. The report was the result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The public and political debate about the removal of children was marked by intense political activity since the mid-to-late 1980s. In 1992 Prime Minister Keating acknowledged that ‘we took the children from their mothers’ at a speech in Redfern. In 1994 legal action was commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. These children who were removed came to be known as the Stolen Generations.