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News and stories for SA Aboriginal Nations

Reconsider compensation says QC

​Native title compensation claims will be far more complex and costly than the original native title claims and Governments need to reconsider how to manage the large number of cases that are expected to be lodged, says a leading native title barrister and former President of the Native Title Tribunal.

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Anangu gather to celebrate closure of Uluru climb

Hundreds of Anangu from communities across Central Australia will gather near Uluru this weekend to celebrate the historic closure of the climb.
“We will be dancing because enough people are finally accepting and respecting our point of view and we can all be proud of this,” said traditional owner and Central Land Council (CLC) Chair Sammy Wilson.

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Blood Money Exchange & collaborative car wrecks at Tarnanthi

​On this program, join us at the launch of Tarnanthi 2019, the national festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, which has just opened at the Art Gallery of South Australia. We had a chat with Robert Fielding, about why an old beat up car became his canvas and from Ryan Presley who has created a "Blood Money Exchange". Listen here:

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Kurruru Arts has a new home

Kurruru Arts and Cultural Hub is entering a new era, with a new building and a new buzz comes exciting programs for all ages, from skills development workshops in Indigenous Contemporary Dance, Nunga Ballet, Leaping Lizards to a fitness program. Listen here:


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Roger Thomas on Aboriginal Engagement

Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement Roger Thomas is leading a State-wide consultation to seek the views of Aboriginal South Australians on ways to improve the working relationship between State Government and Aboriginal nations. Listen here:

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New reserve highlights Kaurna culture

​The redeveloped Felixstow Reserve in Adelaide’s east has been awarded for outstanding landscape design, including its recognition of Kaurna culture at the 2019 SA Landscape Architecture Awards.

The park is a “celebration of rich local history and living culture from a bi-cultural perspective”.

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Talking about the Voice

​A local reconciliation group believes that awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is dwindling and so will host an information session to discuss the proposal. The Blackwood Reconciliation Group will host an open community forum about the Uluru Statement from the Heart on Wednesday October 9.

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Working with Aboriginal children in care

Tracy Rigney says that the Department of Child Protection is “leaning in” to work with the Aboriginal community, is seeking to increase cultural responsiveness among staff through a new Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Employment Plan and is taking action to benefit Aboriginal families in line with its departmental Aboriginal Action Plan.

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Artists Emerging at Our Mob

A wide variety of artworks by South Australian Aboriginal artists are now on display at the Adelaide Festival Centre with this year's Our Mob exhibition. Sonya Rankine, Elizabeth Close, Greg Burgoyne and Linda Bromley reflect on what their work means to them and what it shares about their identity and culture.


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Look again at Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu, a beautiful new version of his award winning and influential book Dark Emu uses first-hand accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, to argue for us to look again at the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label that was given to pre-colonial Aboriginal people.

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Meet the Our Mob artists

Today we hear from some artists who are showing their work at the Our Mob exhibition of works by South Australian First Nations artists. Greg Burgoyne, Linda Bromley and Don Dunstan Emerging Artist Award recipient Sonya Rankine speak to Lucy Kingston about their art practice and how it relates to their personal stories, culture and identity.

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Shona Reid on Reconciliation in SA

On the showthis week, we speak to Executive Director of Reconciliation South Australia Shona Reid about her time at this year’s amazing Garma festival up in East Arnhem Land. Shona also speaks about Reconciliation SA's future directions.

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Elizabeth Close on Our Mob

Contemporary artist, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman Elizabeth Close speaks about the role that the Our Mob exhibition of art by South Australian Aboriginal artists has played in her now very busy arts career. She first got involved with Our Mob very early in her career and has an exciting new work on display this year.

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Working together to bring them home

After years of uncertainty and loss, the Kaurna community were able to lay some of their old people to rest on their traditional lands in an emotional ceremony in late July.

Kaurna leaders went to Canberra to collect around 800 ancestral remains, some of which had been stored in London’s Natural History Museum and brought them home to be buried.

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SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is based is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual and cultural relationship with their country.
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