ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

13th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations - 12 Feb 2021

Event date: 
12 February 2021
Event time: 
10.30am to 12.30pm
Charlesworth Theatrette, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Campus (Building 14), Bruce ACT 2617. Free parking is available in the visitor car park across from the Visitor Centre (Building 25).

This year will be the 13th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
As the anniversary – 13 February – falls on a Saturday, we will hold the anniversary event on Friday 12 February 2021.

ACTCOSS, the Gulanga Program team and the Dhunlung Yarra Service team from Relationships Australia Canberra and Region would like to invite you to come and reflect together on the resilience and survival of our First Nations people in Australia. This year we will focus on the theme of Resilience, survival and being Aboriginal at heart.

Through listening to the story of one woman’s journey, we will hear about the experience of Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia, whose identities are judged and undermined by others who say, “but you don’t look Aboriginal”. We will learn that being Aboriginal is not about the colour of a person’s skin, but rather the colour of their heart and where their heart belongs.

Her story is similar in some ways but also different from many others who were removed from family as part of the Stolen Generations. The journey this woman took was lonely and hard, and left her struggling to find herself in the turmoil of trying to live in two worlds. We will walk with her as she shares how she listened to her heart about belonging to the Aboriginal people and how she learned to accept this for herself.

Volunteers will perform through storytelling and dance to allow you to share in the strength and resilience of Australia’s First Peoples. We remember that this always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Due to COVID restrictions, the venue capacity is strict, so please ensure that you RSVP through Eventbrite if you wish to attend.

Event details
Event cost: 
Free (NB: Registrations are limited to 180 places)
Event contacts
02 6202 7200