HAMPTON Senior High School Year 12 student Brianne Yarran said her grandmother “Nanna Dot” was one of her greatest heroes at a National Sorry Day event last week.
About 2000 people attended the Sorry Day event at Wellington Square in East Perth, including 50 students from Hampton Senior High School.
A group of girls from Hampton and Kiara College, involved in the Follow the Dream program, performed traditional Noongar dances for the crowd after lessons from Whadjuk elders Alice Kearing and Nigel Wilks.
Brianne had the crowd in tears during her keynote address in which she paid respect to her three nans.
“My Nanna Dot was around eight months old when she was forced into Carollup mission near Katanning … she was separated from her (family),” she said.
“Thankfully I stand here today as proof that my people are survivors.
“Today my Nanna Dot is one of my biggest heroes, a woman who is smart and loving and has made an incredible life for herself and her family.”
Brianne said it was important to discuss Aboriginal history, as well as Australia’s shared history.