The first Kaurna Aboriginal ancestral remains held by the South Australian Museum will be put to rest at a special memorial park in Adelaide’s north.

The reburial on Tuesday will return the remains to country so they can be “remembered and protected in perpetuity”.

It is part of a pilot project between the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation, the SA Museum, Adelaide Cemeteries and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Kaurna Yereta Chairman Jeffrey Newchurch said our ancestors laid in a dark room, boxed, and it is only now that we begin to understand and address yesterday.

He says as Smithfield becomes a reality, we can begin to re-land and rest those of our old peoples so we can heal together.”

The SA government provided $300,000 for the design and construction of the Kaurna Wangayarta Memorial Park, with Adelaide Cemeteries dedicating two hectares for Kaurna reburials.