Australia day apologies

As we watched the Australia Day fireworks, my son asked me why we needed to say sorry to the Indigenous people for something we did not do (he is 6 years old). I explained to him that if his sister hurt her finger, even if he did not do it, he should tell her he is sorry it happened. I understand that this issue is much deeper than this, and goes to generational responsibility… and I am personally sorry for what has happened. But I hope this explanation in someway helped him to understand.

I wonder if its possible that with true reconcilition, it could actually become a day we could all celebrate together….maybe it could be the day that our government chose to issue an apology in 2009, thus redeeming what is a bad annual reminder for the original people into a day all Australians can celebrate together?

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