Mildura Rural City Council held its National Reconciliation Week event in the Langtree Mall on Wednesday, where a number of murals were being painted by artists in recognition of important Indigenous causes and achievements and in particular, the Sorry Day apology was highlighted in a mural that was being completed with the assistance of the Mayor Jason Modica and fellow Councillor, Liam Wood, who joined Council’s Reconciliatory Officer, Nungarrayi.

Aboriginal Action Committee Deputy Chair Sharon Johnson said that the murals signified certain aspects of National Reconciliation Week, including the ‘Bringing them home report’ and Sorry Day.

“Today is National Sorry Day, which commemorates Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s apology to the lost generation which was given in the nation’s parliament in 2008,” Sharon said.

“This was recognition that past government policy contributed to the removal of more than 50,000 aboriginal children from their families, which still has an effect on our community today − it is inter-generational.”