BASS Coast Reconciliation Network invites everyone to come together for two significant events to learn, heal and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.

The events commence with National Sorry Day, held on May 26 each year. National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations’ survivors and reflect on how we can play our part in the healing process. Join us for morning tea and yarns at the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club from 11am (the event is free but registration is essential).

Each year National Reconciliation Week is held between May 27 and June 3. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the successful 1967 Referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision, respectively.

The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘Reconciliation Takes Action: More than a word’, which encourages us all to explore how we can contribute to reconciliation by being active participants.

In a demonstration of solidarity, everyone is invited to come together to walk side by side for a bridge walk across the Phillip Island bridge. Meet at the San Remo foreshore at 11am for a smoking ceremony and then, from 11.30am, attendees will cross the bridge to Graydens Reserve at Newhaven on Millowl (Phillip Island) for a barbecue, flag raising, mural painting and yarning.

This year marks 21 years since the monumental Sydney Harbour Bridge walk, renowned as the largest political demonstration ever held in this country’s history. Bridge walks held right across the country captured Australia’s desire for change and reconciliation.

Bass Coast Reconciliation Network has members from Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bunurong Land Council, Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Network and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members. The network is pleased to see organisations come together with the community to acknowledge and celebrate such important dates.

The bridge walk is a symbolic act and reflects the theme of more than a word; it takes action – we hope to see you there!

To find out more about events and to register your free place, visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/reconciliation.