Healing Camp for the Stolen Generation

Find out about the Healing Camp…

A group of 30 members of the Stolen Generation participated in a Healing Camp this year. The camp was created as an important contribution towards the healing of the past injustices of government policies and was funded by the South Australian Reparation Scheme for Stolen Generations, with the focus of promoting relaxation, connection and engagement in cultural activities.  

Healing camp was held from October 8 – 12 at Wirrina Resort for people who had been removed from their family before 1975.   

Attendees were invited to participate in shared healing commencing with a Welcome ceremony by Uncle Moogy and talks about ‘coming home’ by Ngankiburka – mekauwe. During the four days, members were able to partake in self-care activities comprising of; hand and body massage, weaving, hairdressing, crystal healings, Reiki, foot spas, facials, ear candling, healings from Ngangkari Healers (traditional healers) and Irmangka-irmangka bush medicine workshops.   

There were also special workshops for women from ‘women coming home’ with Ngankiburka – mekauwe as well as men’s wood burning and carving workshops with Uncle Moogy. Healing Circles was also another highlight by Judy Atkinson.  

We were honoured to be able to make available the opportunity to record stories throughout the camp. A professional team including counsellors, filmmaker and photographer supported attendees to record their stories in a safe and supported environment. Stories were provided back on USB to attendees immediately and people could return as desired to record more.  

This is the second camp and takes twelve months to secure funding, and plan by the committee of from Elm Place (RASA), Nunkuwarrin Yunti SA, and Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM),  as well as the dedicated project management team.  

For more information about RASA’s support services and the reparation scheme for members of the Stolen Generation, visit the Elm Place website or call (08) 8419 2042. 

Members of the Stolen Generation are invited to contact Elm Place if they would like to have their story recorded.

To view more photos from the Healing Camp, see the Facebook album here. 

Image: Dave Laslett (copyright 2018)