The Indigenous Prayer

The Indigenous Prayer – Eva Johnson

Dear Lord,
I thank you from the depths of my heart
and from the wellsprings of my soul
I beseech thee to accept my humble words of gratitude
for all that you have done for me and my people
Lord, I thank you for the protection laws,
for assimilation,for christianising a proud and noble race
thank you for poverty, starvation, alcoholism, suicide
diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, V.D. and of course
forced sterilisation
I especially want to thank the churches for their
well spirited organised fund raising campaigns
using Indigenous people and our condition as incentive
for their appeals Lord, I thank you
and bless all those anthropologists Lord
who dig up our graves and dust our bones
and destroy the dignity of our dead,
Lord I thank you
and thank you for missionaries and their humble words
and goodwill, and dedication
thank you for used clothes, mis-matched shoes, the Bible
handbags, the alphabet, velvet soap, evening gowns,
wedding veils and Lord
thank you for the Queen
Lord I give thank for tin sheds and food rations,
and bless the mining companies and Pine Gap missiles
I especially give thanks for loyal understanding and sympathy
police with riot helmets, mace, dogs, handcuffs and paddywagons
Thank you for blind justice Lord with ten thousand laws
and all-white juries, and especially for the soul destroying
institutions, Lord I thank you
and Lord bless Australia
the clever country
the land of opportunity,
freedom, and justice for all. ©

Feedback for the 2017 Apology Breakfast

Thanks once again to the 1200 people who joined us on Monday morning for the 9th Anniversary of the Apology Breakfast. Your feedback is paramount in helping this event to improve, and to ensure that we honour the Survivors of the Stolen Generations with respect and dignity.

Please take a couple of minutes to respond to these questions to help us with future events.

Opening the Conversation

Opening the Conversation about appropriate access to mainstream health services for Aboriginal people

Opening the Conversation is a collaborative project between Reconciliation SA, The University of South Australia and two fourth year Occupational Therapists, Nadia and Amanda. This community driven project aims to begin to understand systemic racism in the mainstream healthcare system and how this impacts healthcare accessibility for Aboriginal Australians.

The objective of this project is to open a conversation between mainstream healthcare services and the Aboriginal community about how access can be improved.

Nadia and Amanda are currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the Aboriginal community, as well as healthcare providers and practitioners who may be interested in being involved in the project.

For more information please contactNadia and Amanda via e-mail or visit the Opening the Conversation website.

Anna Dowling Art Showcase

This year, the incredibly talented Anna Dowling will be showcased at the 9th Apology Breakfast.

Born in Adelaide, Anna is a descendant of the Badimia people of the Yamatji region in Western Australia. Working in ink on paper, she reflects on her cultural heritage and draws on traditional symbols and patterns.

Her series of three drawings, created especially for the Breakfast explore and reflect on the dispossession and dispersal of Aboriginal people and the impact of that loss upon the Survivors of the Stolen Generations.

Anna has graciously donated her drawing, “Our Journey” (above) in honour of the Stolen Generations. Throughout the morning, you will have the opportunity to bid for this piece in a Silent Auction. A starting price of $1200 has been set by Anna, and all proceeds will be donated to the Stolen Generations.

Anna’s remaining two pieces in the series, “Infinite Line” and “Weaving” will also be available for purchase for $1200 at the breakfast.

Keynote Speakers for the Apology 2017 Breakfast Announced

Reconciliation SA confirms the participation of Aunty Wilma Moran (Cootamundra), Uncle Richard Campbell and Uncle Roger Jarrett (Kinchela), who appeared in series 2 of First Contact, in the 2017 Apology Breakfast. As Survivors of the Stolen Generations, Aunty Wilma and Uncle Richard and Roger will share their stories and respond to the footage of First Contact.

Tickets are selling fast, so secure yours today by clicking here. Bookings close 5pm, Monday 6th February.

Aunty Wilma Moran

Aunty Wilma Moran is a Director of the Cootamundra Girls Corporation and appeared in the reunion episode of First Contact Series 2.

Wilma is one of the few Cootamundra Girls who escaped the domestic service system. At 4 years she was taken out of the Girls’ Home by a Parliamentarian at the request of her Grandmother who worked for him. However, after being in this family’s care, at 13, she was punished for truancy and placed back in Cootamundra, spending her teenage years training for service.

Uncle Richard Campbell

Uncle Richard Campbell appeared in First Contact Series 2. He is a Survivor of the Stolen Generations, forcibly removed from his family as a child and taken to Kinchela Boys Home (KBH) in NSW.

Being part of the Stolen Generations has impacted Richard’s life enourmously and is often a central subject of all of his activities.

A talented, internationally recognised painter, Uncle Richard’s art draws parallels between Aboriginal Dreaming stories, stories from the Bible and his experiences of personal hardship. Since 2013, Richard has been exhibiting his work with the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation to help educated Australians about the Kinchela Boys Home and the impacts it has had. Richard is the Secretary of the KBHAC Board.

Uncle Richard will be supported at the Breakfast by his fellow Kinchela Boys’ Home Board member, Uncle Roger Jarrett.