Remembering 80 Years

In honour of the 80th Anniversary of the "Day of Mourning and Protest", Reconciliation SA State Manager, Mark Waters has written an opinion piece about continuing the national conversation to acknowledge the truths of our shared history.

Read the opinion piece below:

Day of Mourning


Generation of Change - Community Deliveries

Once again, Reconciliation SA is taking aim at racism within the community with its interactive ‘Generation of Change’ program. In 2017, the 'Generation of Change' program was nominated for the Australian Human Rights Commission's "Racism. It Stops with me" Award.

A joint initiative between Reconciliation SA and ActNow Theatre, ‘Generation of Change’ incorporates the award-winning interactive Forum Theatre performance “Responding to Racism”, a personal reflection on racism and a strategic planning session to encourage community members to consider and improve the cultural safety of their working places and communities.

The dates for the 2018 Generations of Change community program are listed below:

  • Thursday 10th May 2018.
  • Thursday 25th October 2018.

Locations to be confirmed closer to the dates.


Aboriginal Leadership Group - Nominations Open!

Are you interested in working closely to improving the lives of Aboriginal families and reducing the number of people entering the justice system?

Justice Reinvestment of South Australia (JRSA) and Australian Red Cross are working in partnership with the Port Adelaide Aboriginal Community to develop smarter ways of doing justice. Aboriginal members of the community are invited to nominate for the inaugural Aboriginal Leadership Group.

Positions available include:

  • 2 Elders
  • 2 young people (up to age 23)
  • 5 general members

Please complete the nomination form and send to Debra Moyle at demoyle@redcross.org.au

Nominations close at 5PM, 16th February 2018.

 


How an Apology Begins a Journey of Truth-Telling and the Securing of Our Human Rights

On Monday 12th February 2018, Reconciliation SA is holding its 2018 Apology Breakfast in the new building of the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO will join us as the keynote speaker.

Her speech on “How an Apology Begins a Journey of Truth-Telling and the Securing of Our Human Rights” will address the extraordinary resilience of the Stolen Generations. June will explain the love, care and nurture that women have shown toward one another and to their children in surviving and confronting appalling abuses that have scarred generations. It is their stories that teach us that the lives of all community members are remarkable, and that when confronted with great adversity mothers, sisters, grandparents and fathers resist, survive and in so many instances thrive.

As a nation the truth of the Stolen Generations ensures that recognition and respect is given to a complex layered living history of brutality, compassion and triumph. This address sensitively peels away those layers to reveal the real lives of the Stolen Generations, lives which are as devastating as they are celebratory of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. In this address, June will emphasise the importance of telling the truth of this nation’s past to heal traumas, and recognise the strengths of women and families to nurture healthy future generations who can fully realise and exercise their human rights.

Ten years on from this nation’s apology to the Stolen Generations, Commissioner Oscar challenges us to consider our responsibility in upholding a legacy of truth-telling which has the potential to bring justice to all.

During her time as Commissioner, June Oscar AO has called for a national reparations scheme for Survivors of the Stolen Generations. The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a new interactive website with educational resources to help teachers and students around the country learn about the Stolen Generations.

The room will hold a maximum of 1200 people. Tickets are selling fast, so secure yours today by clicking here.

Bookings close 5 PM, Tuesday 6th February 2018.