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Following a National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, the Bringing them home report was tabled in the Australian Federal Parliament on 26 May 1997.
In response to the Bringing them home report, a National Sorry Day Committee was formed in 1997. During the next year, similar committees were formed in each of the states and territories. There is a national website: http://www.nsdc.org.au/
that reports on activities around the country.
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the Canberra Sorry Day Network was formed. In 2002 the group was incorporated as Jouney of Healing (ACT) Inc.
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, a year after tabling of the Bringing them home report. Since then, commemorative events have been held around Australia to observe Sorry Day on 26 May each year.
The Journey of Healing was launched nationally in 2000, and was the theme of National Sorry Day in 2005.
On the 13 February 2008 the Government made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations. The Media Release text can be seen here.