Recognise Australia’s past wrongs on National Sorry Day

2 mins read
Ingrid Candido

National Sorry Day recognises the negative impact of Australian policies, practices and attitudes on Indigenous people. This Miniclip is a teaching resource to identify and discuss the historical origins of an important Australian commemoration and examine the symbolism of flags.

Australian Celebrations and Commemorations: National Sorry Day

One of Australia’s biggest failures in history is rooted in the significant mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. This Miniclip uses European settlement and the Stolen Generation to highlight this issue, and discusses the purpose of National Sorry Day. This clip also provides an overview of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

The Year 3 curriculum focuses on the diversity of people and places in their local community and beyond, and how people participate in their communities. This Miniclip and the complementary primary teaching resource pack teaches students about:

  • Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia and the importance of symbols and emblems (ACHASSK064)
  • Identifying and discussing the historical origins of an important Australian celebration or commemoration
  • Examining the symbolism of flags (for example, the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags) and recognising special occasions when they are flown (for example, all three flags are flown during NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week, National Sorry Day and Mabo Day) and the roles, rights and responsibilities the community has when observing protocols around flag flying
Series: Miniclips
Production Year: 2022
Audience: Primary
Subject: History

View more Australian Celebrations and Commemorations content

National Sorry Day is one of several videos we have under our Australian Celebrations and Commemorations video collection. See more below:

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Discover why we commemorate Anzac Day, who the ANZACs were, and the important symbols and emblems of the day in this Miniclip. The significance of flowers, a brief history of Gallipoli and the role of flags are all highlighted in this clip, providing your students with a fantastic introduction into one of our most important days.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a wonderful celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity, held every year on March 21. The Miniclip above provides your students with an overview of the purpose of Harmony Day, what happens on the day, and how everyone can support it by wearing orange and treating each other with respect.

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