Western Sydney University celebrates Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day

Staff and students at morning tea 

Staff and students gathered at Western Sydney University's Penrith campus to mark Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week at a special morning tea.

The theme for this year's Reconciliation Week is Our History, Our Story, Our Future, which asks all Australians to reflect on the national identity, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights.

To celebrate the events, staff and students came together to eat traditional food, view art and sign a handprint to show their support for reconciliation.


Delivering the Welcome to Country was Duane Pittman, who entertained the crowd with his tips on playing the yadaki, commonly known as the didgeridoo.

National Sorry Day, held on 26 May, remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait population.

Starting May 27, Reconciliation Week is bookended by two Australian milestones; the successful referendum to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the census, and the historic High Court recognition of native title in the Mabo case. 


27 May 2016

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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