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Forced Adoption Apology Anniversary

The 18th of July marks the 7th anniversary of the State Government’s apology to people affected by forced adoption practices.

Between the 1950s and 1980s, many unmarried mothers were coerced, pressured or forced into giving up their babies for adoption, due to the stigma associated with unmarried pregnancy and motherhood.
The state and national apologies have been important in bringing to light the complexities of adoption, and the impact that past practices had, and continue to have, on many individuals and families.

The Space Between memorial recognises the ongoing effects of past adoption practices, and is a powerful piece of public artwork.
Relationships Australia South Australia and community members commissioned artists Christine Cholewa and Deb Jones to create the work in 2016. It lives in the Grundy Gardens, on the River Torrens (Karrawirra Pari), and we highly recommend a visit.

If you’re an adoptee who needs support please call our Post Adoption Support Service on 8245 8100 or the National Forced Adoption Support Service on 1800 21 03 13.

NAIDOC Week 2019 Events

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This year’s theme is Voice.Treaty.Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.

Check out some of these events around the state that you can get involved in.

NAIDOC SA Church Service
Sunday, 7 July | 6 pm
Pilgrim Uniting Church,
12 Flinders Street, Adelaide

NAIDOC Church service
Sunday, 7 July | 10.00am
Berri Senior Citizen’s Hall
9/12 Crawford Terrace, Berri

NAIDOC SA Awards Ceremony, Flag Raising & Lord Mayors Morning Tea
Monday, 8 July | 10 am
Adelaide Town Hall
Please click HERE to register your details.

Monday 8 July | 9.00am
Berri Uniting church
3 Denny St, Berri

NAIDOC March and Awards Ceremony (straight after the BBQ Breaky)
Monday 8 July | 10.00am
March starts at Berri Uniting Church and finishes at the riverfront, where the flag will be raised and award ceremony will take place. Cake and soup will also be supplied.
Please click HERE for details

NAIDOC Fishing Day
Tuesday 9 July | 11am – 2.00pm
Martin’s Bend Reserve, Berri
Includes BBQ, Tea and coffee
Please click HERE for details

NAIDOC Cultural Day
Wednesday 10 July | 11.00am – 2.00pm
Darnley Taylor Park
216 Renmark Ave, Renmark
Includes BBQ
Please click HERE for details

NAIDOC Blue Light Disco
Wednesday 10 July | 5.30-7.30pm
Berri Town Hall
Includes light refreshments
Please click HERE for details

Friday, 12 July | 11 am
Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) Adelaide
March proceeds down King William Street to Parliament House

NAIDOC Arts and Crafts Event
Friday 12 July | 10.30am
Waikerie Library, Berri
1A Strangman Rd, Waikerie
For details call (08) 8541 0720

NAIDOC Family Fun Day
Friday, 12 July | 11.00am – 2.00pm
Berri Sports Stadium
Stadium Drive, Berri
This is a free community event
Please click HERE for details

NAIDOC SA Family Fun Day
Friday, 12 July | 11.30am – 3.30pm
Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) Adelaide
This is a free community event

Saturday, 13 July | From 6.30pm
Magarey Room Adelaide Oval

NAIDOC Football and Netball Carnival
Saturday 13 July | 10:30am
Followed by a BBQ

To check out more events in SA and across Australia have a look at the NAIDOC week SA community calendar or the NAIDOC website.

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