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Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter & Djirri Djirri Dance Group open the launch of the Stolen Generations Marker by Reko Rennie. Atherton Gardens Fitzroy 26/05/2018. (Nicole Cleary Courtesy: Yarra City Council)

People gathered in Atherton Gardens in Fitzroy on Saturday to attend the launch of the public artwork 'Remember Me' by Reko Rennie. 

The marker and garden pay tribute to the Stolen Generations for the 20th Anniversary of National Sorry Day 2018.

The marker has the support from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community after a series of consultations led to the decision of the 'Meeting Place' at Atherton Gardens, becoming home to the tribute.

Traditionally the site of the meeting place at Atherton Gardens and along Gertrude Street was a Wurundjeri hunting ground.

Historically the gardens became a meeting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together to find their people after the forced removals of Aboriginal people led to families being separated and housed on missions in Victoria and across state lines.

Fitzroy is also home to birthplace of civil rights for the community.

City of Yarra Mayor Cr Daniel Nguyen says "The Yarra City Council is proud to have facilitated the project as part of it's commitment to reconciliation.

The project was funded by the City of City of Yarra and Victoria State Government

Yorta Yorta Associate Producer from the Malthouse Theatre Jason Tamiru says the experience of being involved in the consultations with the Elders and community makes him feel very humble.

Jason spoke with NITV Radio to share his experience of the event.

 

 

 

By
Kirstyn Lindsay
Published on
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 15:57
Duration
9 min 35 sec