Blooms planted for Sorry Day

During the ceremony, vice-chancellor Deborah Terry and Elder-in-Residence Simon Forrest planted native hibiscus, which is the Stolen Generation�s commemorative flower.

Associate Professor Forrest said National Sorry Day was about the acknowledgment, recognition and memory of Aboriginal children who were removed from their mothers by government policy.

�Personally, it is a time of reflection surrounding my mother and other extended family members who were removed,� he said.

�Curtin University is committed to acknowledging the contribution Aboriginal people and communities have made to modern-day Australian society.

�This includes commemorating such days as Sorry Day and celebrating Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.�

Associate Professor Forrest said the native hibiscus was adopted as the National Sorry Day flower because it was found widely across Australia, was a survivor and denoted compassion and spiritual healing.

The educator and administrator of 35 years said he hoped National Sorry Day would continue on as a commemorative ceremony to honour the stolen generations.