Natalie Lewis
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Natalie Lewis is an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman who was adopted in Queensland in 1974. Her adoptive parents were originally from Germany and India. Because Natalie was adopted in Queensland in 1974, she falls outside the Australian states currently offering redress to the Stolen Generations and the criteria for states that do offer redress. This leaves Natalie in somewhat of a no-man’s land as she seeks recognition of the loss that her adoption caused to her culture, community and family. In this episode, Natalie shares her personal story of adoption. We also talk about the trauma that has been caused by the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. We recognise that this could be distressing to some listeners, however, we believe that these conversations need to be had to increase the understanding of the hurt and ongoing harm caused by these policies. To those who were affected, we are sorry. Thank you to Caroline Slade, FASS Team Leader, for her assistance in putting together this episode. 

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and the many lands that our clients now live on and we wish to acknowledge and show our respects to Elders past and present for their continuing connection to culture and the contributions they make to community. We acknowledge how much we have to learn from them and their unique understanding of connection and adoption and their recognition that at the base of every change is truth telling and healing.

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