DOZENS of pale blue balloons were released into the sky above Tamworth yesterday as part of the region’s commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the government’s historic apology to the Stolen Generations.
To mark the theme of Healing Our Past, Building Our Future, the New England Medicare Local Aboriginal health programs team hosted a Healing Day for the community.
The event aimed to encourage healing, bring the community closer together and promote reconciliation and positivity.
About 250 people attended, including schools, Aboriginal elders, non-Aboriginal people and representatives from a wide range of community groups and organisations.
“People who don’t usually come together came together today, so that was good,” organiser Ryan Taylor said.
Elders, youth and members of the Stolen Generations made speeches, and the McCarthy dance group performed.
The blue balloons – the colour of healing – were released to recognise all those affected by the Stolen Generations.
“I think it was well-received. I had a lot of positive feedback and a lot of people said it was needed and hope the community continues to organise events such as today,” Mr Taylor said.