Bassendean marks Sorry Day with Danjoo Koorliny Reconciliation Gathering


The Maarkoodjal group at the event
The Maarkoodjal group at the event

HUNDREDS of residents and students attended the Danjoo Koorliny Reconciliation Gathering event on Tuesday at Mary Crescent Reserve in Eden Hill.

The Town of Bassendean has commemorated Sorry Day each year since 2010, the day that marked the apology address in Parliament by Kevin Rudd.

Danjoo Koorliny, which translates as “walking together”, featured a tree planting ceremony, morning tea, craft, storytelling, music and dance.

Cyril Jackson Senior Campus hospitality students also provided refreshments and a coffee van onsite.

Town of Bassendean community development director Graeme Haggart said there were more primary schools and the broader community in attendance.

Mr Haggart said the Town wanted to open the tree-planting event to the public.

“In 2014 it was acknowledged there is a real opportunity to open the event to the community and in particular school children and to make the day one of celebration of Noongar culture through dance, music and storytelling,” he said.