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National Sorry Day commemorated

Friday, 25 May 2012

Two new pieces of artwork, Seedtime 2012 and Harvest 2012, by award winning artist Bindi Cole were at the heart of a ceremony to recognise National Sorry Day at the Royal Women's Hospital in Parkville today.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell unveiled the two works and congratulated the Royal Women's Hospital for its ongoing commitment to reconciliation and the sensitive way in which it approached its work.

"I commend the Royal Women's Hospital for providing a culturally welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and its ongoing recognition of National Sorry Day," Mrs Powell said.

"For the past 10 years the Royal Women's Hospital has marked National Sorry Day by reflecting upon reconciliation and setting priorities for the year ahead.

"The observance of National Sorry Day, which falls tomorrow, is a time for us all to reflect upon the past injustices suffered by Indigenous people, specifically the Stolen Generations.

"I congratulate Bindi on the two panels, Seedtime 2012 and Harvest 2012, which represent the journey of reconciliation.

"Having talked to a number of Aboriginal artists in the past, I know that their art portrays their own life journey, and that this resonates with the experiences of Indigenous people throughout Australia.

"It is important that we acknowledge our past so that we move into the future with thoughtfulness and respect.

"It is also significant that today's ceremony coincides with the launch of Koolin Balit: The Victorian Government's strategic directions for Aboriginal Health 2012 – 2022.

"Koolin Balit recognises that achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people requires attention to the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community.

"Bindi Cole's artwork at the Royal Women's Hospital both speaks to that understanding and helps fulfil the objective," Mrs Powell said.

The artwork was made possible through funding from the Sidney Myer Fund and Manfrotto.

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