David Rathman AM, a leader and advocate for South Australia’s Aboriginal communities, has been appointed as ambassador for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC), now in development for the Lot Fourteen global innovation precinct. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal people to have ownership and leadership of what … Read More

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of Cancer Council SA’s Aboriginal Ambassadors, Patricia Clarke, is sharing her story to encourage other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to take part in the free breast cancer screening program. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in South Australian women, … Read More

Like many events this year, Tarnanthi has had to meet the challenges, uncertainty and closed borders that have come hand in hand with 2020 head on, but is now open to the public, celebrating the shared knowledge of generations of women. Tarnanthi, Adelaide’s annual celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres … Read More

A new exhibition has opened at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute that takes audiences full circle from the first exhibition there in 1989, to its 30th birthday celebrations and reopening after a six-and-a-half-month temporary closure due to COVID-19 this year. Tandanya first opened its doors to the public in 1989 … Read More

Innes National Park Name Change to Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Park and Under New Co-Management Board Innes National Park will be co-managed by the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation (NNAC) and is officially changing its name to Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Park this year, the 50th anniversary of the … Read More

Originally designed for the land rights movement in 1971, the Aboriginal flag has come to represent Aboriginal People Australia-wide since being adopted as an official “Flag of Australia” in July 1995. But when the flag’s designer and copyright holder since 1997, Luritja artist Harold Thomas granted non-Indigenous company WAM Clothing … Read More

There’s been a growing movement for some time to lift Australia’s minimum age of criminal responsibility from just 10 years to 14. Children in that age bracket are going through a period of significant growth and development and forcing them though a criminal legal process in these formative years can … Read More

A search has begun to find an Indigenous director to help lead planning and delivery of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC) as a world-class cultural attraction at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct. The AACC is being developed in partnership with the Aboriginal community to recognise and celebrate some … Read More

MEDIA RELEASE Application to Mine in Lake Torrens under Consideration by SA Government The South Australian Government is currently considering an application to allow mining exploration on Lake Torrens, a place of Aboriginal cultural significance, despite national condemnation of Rio Tinto after the destruction of the ancient Aboriginal site Juukan … Read More

Take a seat around the virtual campfire and listen to Senior Kuarna man Uncle Mickey O’Brien, Ngarrindjeri Elder Stephanie Gollan and young Adnyamathanha woman, Ema Bovoro, as they share stories and cultural knowledge. Our Stories is part of a free online experience presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program. Watch … Read More

“You can see it as an opportunity for him – sure. But I saw it as a fantastic opportunity for us as West Coast people; to finally get into an industry that – to be honest – has been going through our waters and our fish and we just seem … Read More

Wednesday, 2nd September is Indigenous Literacy Day, a celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy, but also a reminder of how far we have to go to ensure equal literacy rates in Australia. We spoke with Gregg Dreise, ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, an author and illustrator himself … Read More

The Stronger Partners, Stronger Futures Final Report has been released by the Department for Energy and Mining, which you can read here.  Stronger Partners, Stronger Futures Report 2020 (13575 KB) The report sets out measures the Department is putting in place with the aim of improving the exploration process, particularly in … Read More

More than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations support Indigenous communities around Australia by delivering services and supporting economic development, especially in regional and remote parts of the country. The regulatory framework and support to these corporations is provided by the Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 … Read More

Juanella McKenzie sold her first painting to a Dutch tourist at the Old Ghan Restaurant in Hawker when she was just 12 years old. Since then, the Adnyamathanha / Luritja artist has continued developing her art to the point where she exhibited 8 times in 2019 alone and has just … Read More

We’re very pleased to report that after a closure to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, the SANTS office will re-open from Monday 22 June.Our staff will return to the office on a rostered basis so that we maintain a safe workplace. Our reception will be staffed Monday to Friday … Read More

Aboriginal voices are leading the way in a changed approach to Closing the Gap, community leader Pat Turner has told an audience attending the first online Reconciliation Week Breakfast. Pat Turner, Arrente and Gurdanji woman, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Lead Convener of the … Read More

In light of advice and restrictions to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Australian community, the SANTS office has been closed to all visitors.   Only SANTS staff are permitted to enter our offices on King William Street until further notice. We will do our best to continue … Read More

-Map of current determination area below- On Friday 14 February 2020 and Saturday 15 February 2020 at 10am at the Maitland Town Hall, South Australian Native Title Services Limited will be facilitating a meeting of Narungga Nation Native Title Claim Group. The meeting is open to all members of the Native … Read More

South Australian Native Title Services response regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 Monday 16/3/20South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) has continued to monitor and consider advice from authorities on appropriate action in response to the Coronavirus.Our priority is to strive to ensure the wellbeing of our clients, the communities we partner with and our … Read More

Recently Kaurna community members respectfully reburied the remains of ancestors disturbed during the construction of the Northern Connector and other infrastructure projects in the region.Kaurna Ngarrindjeri Yankunytjatjara man Alan Sumner was a part of that moving ceremony.On this program he speaks to us about the ceremony, as well as upcoming … Read More

Recently Jennifer Caruso, an Arrente woman and Survivor of the Stolen Generations graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Doctorate in Philosophy.Dr Jennifer Caruso’s thesis for her PhD is a personal reflection on being taken from her family, and through historical investigation and analysis she reveals the race based … Read More

On 26 January 2019, a large crowd gathered at Semaphore Foreshore to celebrate Aboriginal culture and survival. Kaliah Alice speaks to some of those attending about what the day means to them. Listen here: SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is based is the traditional lands for … Read More

In June this year Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar will present a report on the ideas and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the Federal Parliament and the Prime Minister. On the show this week, Kaliah speaks to June Oscar about the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Women’s … Read More

Tessa Rose is an actor who regularly appears on stage and screen across Australia, she’s had roles in ‘Top End Wedding’ , ‘Redfern Now’ and with Bangarra Dance Theatre.In the play The Daly River Girl, Tessa shares her own story about growing up with foster families, away from her mother, … Read More

Today we join the community in marking the twelfth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation. The 13th of February is the anniversary of the National Apology. On that day in 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered an apology in Federal Parliament to all those Indigenous people who … Read More

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and  is marking the achievement with a big focus on the Fringe for 2020. Tandanya will host a “First Nations Hub’ in the upcoming festival. Lucy Kingston spoke to Tandanya CEO Dennis Stokes about the Hub and the Anniversary. … Read More

A unique coolamon created by Kaurna and Permanangk man Uncle Ivan Tiwu-Copley has been recognised as an item of cultural significance by the National Museum of Australia.In 2018 Mr Copley created ‘The Healing Coolamon’ to mark the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.The piece was taken … Read More

Since 2014 Reconciliation South Australia and ActNow Theatre have delivered a program called Generation of Change, designed to give school students and teachers the opportunity to explore the impacts of racism as well as how to prevent it.The day-long program includes a theatre element where students can express their ideas … Read More

The Barngarla people have expressed their disappointment and anger at the way the Federal Government has consulted about the possible placement of a radioactive waste disposal site on their traditional country.In a statement and video released about the ballot process, representatives from the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation said that “The … Read More

Kimberley traditional owners have opposed an appeal with the Commonwealth and West Australian Governments over detail of a native title determination.The appeal relates to the public’s ability to access beaches and waterways within the Bindunbur and Jabirr Jabirr/Ngumbarl determination area on the Middle Dampier Peninsula. The determination areas are just … Read More

The new CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) says the organisation will maintain its strong commitment to Aboriginal screen makers as the organisation’s current Aboriginal Screen Strategy expires.Kate Croser, who was a producer of the popular Australian film Top End Wedding and who started as CEO of SAFC in September, … Read More

Indigenous fire practitioner Victor Steffensen visited Kaurna country in December 2019 to share traditional knowledge of fire systems and land management.Mr Steffensen has spent decades working with fire across Australia and promoting the importance of healing the land through cultural burning practices.Mr Steffensen said cultural burning is about more than … Read More

A new exhibition close to the site of South Australia’s original proclamation tells Aboriginal people’s stories about the state’s foundations alongside those of European settlers. Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka – Truth Telling Together will be launched at the Bay Discovery Centre in the Glenelg Town Hall on Monday 9th December. The exhibit … Read More

Parliament House in Adelaide was covered in red hand prints on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters gathered in support of the Yuendumu community and to call for justice for Walpiri teenager Kumanjayi Walker. The prints mirrored those placed on the police station in Yuendumu and Alice Springs by his family … Read More

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.In … Read More

The gate to the climb at Uluru has now closed permanently and hundreds of Anangu from communities across Central Australia will gather near Uluru this weekend to celebrate the historic closure.“We will be dancing because enough people are finally accepting and respecting our point of view and we can all … Read More

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 artists Robert Fielding, about why an old beat up car became his … Read More

Kurruru Arts and Cultural Hub is entering a new era and direction, sharing a new space with Kura Yerlo Inc. at Trimmer Parade Seaton. With the new building and a new buzz comes exciting programs for all ages from skills development workshops in Indigenous Contemporary Dance, Nunga Ballet, Leaping Lizards … Read More

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. He spoke to Kaliah Alice about the consultation process currently under way.

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 Reserve’s design received three awards; the Award of Excellence, Landscape Architecture Award and the inaugural winner of the category, ‘Healthy Parks and Healthy … Read More

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 Uluru Statement from the Heart was created at a national convention after a series of regional forums of Indigenous people. It outlines … Read More

In the 1930s anthropologist Charles Mountford documented Adnyamathanha people with a series of now iconic photographs and objects held by the South Australian Museum. Eighty years on an Adnyamathanha researcher has taken the photos back to her community to uncover personal and complex stories of family, culture and country.It’s the … Read More

Aboriginal children are significantly overrepresented in care across the nation and in South Australia. After much needed and publicised reform over the past few years, the Department of Child Protection appears to be undergoing a re-orientation of the way it works with Aboriginal children and families The Department has recently … Read More

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 … Read More

Throughout history, humans have looked to the night sky to help explain their existence, but the conclusions peoples draw from the same sky can be remarkably different. European astronomy uses constellations of stars to tell a story, but sometimes Aboriginal Australia uses the darkness between the stars. Dark Emu is … Read More

Ngarrindjeri, Nurungga, Ngadjuri woman Sonya Rankine was announced the winner of the Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize during the 2019 Our Mob opening at Adelaide Festival Centre in August.The prize win will allow the Moonta Bay resident to build her business, Lakun Mara (Weaving Hand), which focuses … Read More

On the show this week we speak to Executive Director of Reconciliation South Australia Shona Read about her time at this year’s amazing Garma festival up in East Arnhem Land and Reconciliation SA’s future directions.

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 … Read More

On Aboriginal Way radio this week, we hear about a huge exhibition of art by First Nations South Australian artists that’s opening in Adelaide soon – Our Mob. We speak to thriving contemporary artist, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman Elizabeth Close for her perspective on the giant annual art show. She … Read More

A state parliamentary committee has recognised a ‘widespread desire’ from Aboriginal communities to have greater control over their land, including the Aboriginal Lands Trust returning land to community control.While the committee recognised the desire for change, it also stated that “there still needs to be a level of protection so … Read More

River Murray Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (RMMAC) community members are undertaking cultural heritage monitoring at two significant infrastructure projects in the Riverland.Trained cultural heritage officers have been involved with the Riverine Recovery Project (RRP) and the South Australian Riverland Floodplains Integrated Infrastructure Program (SARFIIP).RMMAC heritage officers are working side by side … Read More

60% of the state of South Australia now has native title resolved, with remaining claims progressing rapidly through the Federal Court. With most native title claims in the state likely to be resolved within the next few years, the CEO of SA Native Title Services Keith Thomas discusses how native … Read More

On this program we speak to Kaurna Elder Jeffrey Newchurch on the return of eleven Kaurna old people to be reburied on their country. The remains of the old people were held at UK institutions and the Federal Government has coordinated the return of these ancestors from overseas to Canberra. … Read More

On this show, hear from an inspiring young woman who wants to create opportunities for people in her community to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. Rikki Milera-Wilson is the 2019 NAIDOC SA Sports Woman of the Year and Kaliah Alice spoke to her at the Adelaide Town Hall … Read More

The NAIDOC SA awards were announced at the beginning of NAIDOC week at the Adelaide Town Hall and were presented by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor. The NAIDOC SA committee congratulated all the winners of the awards for their significant achievements and valued contribution to the South Australian … Read More

On today’s program, we speak to Professor Lester Irabinna Rigney after a forum held at SAHMRI on the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week – Voice Treaty Truth. Professor Rigney is a researcher who is investigating the rights of the child, looking at different ways we can improve the disparities … Read More

The Federal Court has dismissed the Barngarla people’s case against a proposed ballot about the placement of a National Radioactive Waste site near Kimba. Justice White has ruled that the planned ballot to gather opinions of residents about the site by the Kimba District Council did not contravene the Racial … Read More

A new report prepared by Indigenous lawyer Terri Janke lays out a detailed plan for Australia’s museums to better engage with Indigenous people. The report First Peoples: A Roadmap for enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries was written for the Australian Museums and Galleries Association and recommends ways to increase … Read More

On the program this week we hear from Arabana woman Dr Veronica Arbon and linguist Eleanor McCall about two language camps that were held near Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) recently. Over 100 Arabana people got involved with carving, decorating clapping sticks, cooking kangaroo tails, catching up with family and hearing … Read More

On Aboriginal Way radio this week, we hear from Dylan Clarke, Chairperson of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council which represents Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples in Victoria. Kaliah Alice caught up with Dylan Clarke at the National Native Title conference in Melbourne earlier this … Read More

The National Native Title Council (NNTC) has announced that  Native Title Operations & Management Training for people involved in PBCs and other Aboriginal Corporations will be available in Adelaide in September. Following on from a series of successful Native Title Operations & Management Training across Australia, the NNTC will offer … Read More

23 years after they lodged their claim, Nukunu people this week finally witnessed the Federal Court recognising their native title over a large area around Port Pirie. The court determination came via consent: the state of South Australia considered evidence and agreed that the Nukunu people had an ancient and … Read More

A community forum held at the SA Museum has heard that the city of Adelaide needs a strong suicide prevention network specifically to support Aboriginal people.Suicide prevention networks are a key element of the South Australian approach to suicide prevention and networks exist across the state.However, there is not a … Read More

In this week’s program we hear from the Chair of the National Native Title Council speaking at the 2019 Native Title Conference. Jamie Lowe says that now that many Aboriginal nations have legal recognition as traditional owners through native title, it’s an era to work towards wealth creation, hand back … Read More

On the program this week, we hear about work being done to find better ways of dealing with one of the most chronic health conditions in the Australian population broadly and the Aboriginal community particularly – diabetes. Douglas Clinch is Project Officer with the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium, and … Read More

A prominent South Australian leader has called for support for a Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Arts, saying that Aboriginal people must have a venue for truth telling about their displacement to enable South Australians to properly understand our shared history.  The comments were made by former public service executive … Read More

On this week’s program we hear from Paul Herzich, a Ngarrinjeri and Kaurna man who is an Adelaide based contemporary landscape architect and visual artist. Paul was keynote speaker at the Reconciliation in the North morning tea during Reconciliation Week 2019. He spoke to Kaliah Alice after his address and … Read More

On the program this week, we speak to a Wiradjuri man who is brave in every sense of the word. Joe Williams was a professional NRL player and champion boxer who has overcome his personal demons to become a speaker and advocate for Indigenous wellness and suicide prevention. He spoke … Read More

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO has spent the start of her term leading a project that highlights the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. The project, called ‘Wiyi Yani U Thangani’ (Women’s Voices) is the first government led initiative to … Read More

Aboriginal veterans and artists have worked together to create a new exhibition that showcases the previously untold stories of Aboriginal South Australia Veterans of the Vietnam War.VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN is the third instalment of the creative Aboriginal Diggers program by Country Arts SA that focusses on the … Read More

The Aboriginal Families Study is a research study that invited 344 women from across South Australia to talk about their birthing experiences. The study is in its second phase with researchers now wanting to reconnect with those women they spoke to over 5 years ago. So far, they have reconnected … Read More

On Aboriginal Way this week, Kaliah Alice finds out about the VIETNAM, ONE IN ALL IN exhibition, which shares the untold stories of Aboriginal South Australian veterans of the Vietnam war. Aboriginal diggers were paired with South Australian artists to create works that respond to their personal stories and memories … Read More

Australian Indigenous languages are in a “dire” situation, with one language expert predicting that “we won’t have any Australian languages that are strong within the next five years”. Professor Jaky Troy, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney made the comments after the launch … Read More

The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new 50 cent coin into circulation, designed to mark the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages and including the word for “coin” in 14 Australian languages. Professor Jakelyn Troy said at the launch of the coin … Read More

On this program a chat about the importance of bringing community and health care providers together in a social way to discuss health options and promote regular health checks. Kaliah speaks to Sageran Naidoo, the CEO of Sonder at a Closing the Gap event held in Adelaide recently.Pic: Graham Rigney … Read More

Sonder, South Australia’s integrated health service, hosted this year’s Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Show Grounds, bringing together health services and community under one roof. The day was an opportunity for local businesses and South Australia’s peak indigenous health bodies to encourage community to take care of their … Read More

This week we mark Closing the Gap day, a day created by community organisations and individuals that  aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the Indigenous and the non-indigenous communities in Australia. Sonder is an organisation which delivers a range of integrated community health services across metropolitan … Read More

The High Court in Canberra has handed down a decision on a native title compensation claim that will provide clarity for traditional owners seeking payment for the loss of their native title rights. The court has ordered the Northern Territory Government make a once off payment of $2.53m in compensation … Read More

Just over three hundred people who were taken from their families as children by South Australian authorities have now been compensated by the state government. The SA Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme has been finalised, handing out around $9 million to individual Stolen Generations Survivors in some recognition of their pain … Read More

April Lawrie is passionate about having the strength of Aboriginal families and culture recognised. When she meet with Aboriginal Way in a bustling café in Adelaide’s Central Markets, she shares a stream of ideas about ways to use the strength of families and culture to improve the lives of young … Read More

In June this year Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar will present a report on the ideas and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the Federal Parliament and the Prime Minister. On the show this week, Kaliah speaks to June Oscar about the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Women’s … Read More

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is calling for the development of a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander precinct in Canberra. Craig Ritchie, the CEO of AIATSIS told Aboriginal Way that the bold idea is “an opportunity to invest in and to support Aboriginal … Read More

Recently the SA Premier and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Steven Marshall released the final report of the South Australian Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme in state parliament. The scheme was designed “to compensate South Australian members of the Stolen Generations without the need for litigation” The scheme was overseen by an … Read More

Thanks to all who have worked with SANTS over 2018. We wish you the best for the holiday season and a happy new year.The SANTS office is closed from Monday 24 December 2018 and reopens on Wednesday 2 January 2019. SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is … Read More

An Aboriginal a community meeting held in Adelaide has heard that Aboriginal voices must be heard in child protection reforms through a new peak body for Aboriginal children. The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) hosted the community meeting early in February to hear Aboriginal perspectives on changes that are happening … Read More

The management of Aboriginal ancestral remains held by the South Australian Museum is set to change following years of questioning by community members and in the face of the deteriorating state of the Museum’s storage space. The South Australian Museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of Aboriginal artefacts. … Read More

Kaliah chats to Brad Bara from Mambali, a young and exciting emerging force from Numbulwar – a remote coastal community on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria. They have been performing for the last few years at festivals around the NT and are soon to launch their debut album. … Read More

After years of planning and transition, the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation has taken control over investment monies held for their community and their investment arm has been recognised as a national award winner. In November 2018, Equity Trustees announced that it had resigned from the role of Trustee for … Read More

This week Lucy speaks to Courtney Hunter Hebberman at a meeting held in Adelaide held to discuss child protection reform. The meeting heard from the Aboriginal community of SA about the proposed changes and how the reforms must reflect cultural identity and Aboriginal kinship systems. Courtney shared her family’s story … Read More

Oodnadatta Track Re-Sheeting Project (Scope 1) APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION UNDER SECTIONS 21, 23 & 29(1)(b) OF THE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1988 Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation has a delegation from the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, under section 6(1) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (the Act). YNTAC, … Read More

On 26 January 2019, a large crowd gathered at Semaphore Foreshore to celebrate Aboriginal culture and survival. Kaliah Alice speaks to some of those attending about what the day means to them. Listen here:

Gunggari man Selwyn Button has been appointed the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, making him the first Indigenous person appointed to the role. The role of the Registrar and ORIC is to facilitate and improve the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and accountability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander … Read More

Three Aboriginal nations have overcome many challenges to have their shared native title rights over an area in the mid north of South Australia recognised in a Federal Court hearing in the town of Orroroo. The Federal Court decision about an overlap of three longstanding native title claims brings together … Read More

Survey here:  www.reviewofsixntrbsp.com SANTS would like to hear your thoughts about our service.  If you are a current, past or potential future client of ours (that includes being a native title community group, a member or director of a PBC or other Aboriginal organisation), then please take the time to fill … Read More

The discovery of a site of significant Aboriginal heritage has brought farmers and Traditional Owners in NSW together in a rare collaboration. Indigenous archaeologist and anthropologist Dave Johnston discovered an ancient axe quarry site on a NSW property called “Millpost” that has now been listed on the New South Wales … Read More

First Nations groups in South Australia will have a new voice after representatives from across the state resolved to incorporate a new peak body that will promote the perspectives and interests of Aboriginal Nations. Representatives from native title groups met in Adelaide on the 10th of October to discuss the … Read More

A partnership between South Australian arts organisations has created an opportunity for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to develop their work and have it showcased at the popular festival of contemporary Indigenous art – Tarnanthi. The Art Gallery of South Australia and Guildhouse, a professional development organisation for … Read More

The Gladys Elphick Committee hosts awards each year to honour the significant achievements of Aboriginal women and their contributions to the South Australian community. Sgt Danielle James-A’Hang is Chairperson of the committee and she explained the history of the Committee to Aboriginal Way. “The Gladys Elphick Committee arose from a group … Read More

South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) notes that it has been announced in the 2018 State Budget that our State Government grant will be discontinued. The grant was provided in past years primarily to facilitate South Australian Aboriginal communities interactions with the government and its agencies in negotiating agreements but … Read More

“I didn’t know I was black till I was seven years old.I didn’t know that people would eventually cross the street to avoid walking on the same path as me.  I didn’t know that people would define me as ‘not looking that Aboriginal’ as if it were a compliment. I … Read More

Kaurna community members laid to rest the remains of two of their Old People repatriated from museums in Europe in an emotional ceremony at Tennyson Dunes near West Lakes today. For many years the ancestral remains of South Australian Aboriginal Nations were collected by museums and universities across Australia and … Read More

Traditional owners in the north of South Australia have welcomed news that two ballots about the proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility have been deferred until a decision is made about proper consultation with native title holders. The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation applied for an injunction to halt the vote by … Read More

SA Native Title Services (SANTS) celebrated ten years of work as an independent organisation in July 2018. Native title representative body functions in South Australia were initially the responsibility of the Native Title Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement. In July 2008, after a lengthy process, SANTS was recognised … Read More

Students from primary schools around Adelaide braved a wintery day in the Parklands recently to learn about Kaurna culture and caring for country at an interactive educational event. Hosted by the City of Adelaide, the Kids on Country Kaurna Activity Day focuses on Kaurna culture and encourages Aboriginal kids to … Read More

The Supreme Court in SA has adjourned the Barngarla Aboriginal Corporation v Kimba District Council nuclear ballot case while it is considered for possible conciliation in the Australian Human Rights Commission.  The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation has complained that the conduct of the ballot proposed by the Kimba District Council seeking … Read More

The Supreme Court has issued an injunction restraining the Kimba Council from posting out ballot papers about a National Nuclear Waste site. The ballot was scheduled to start on Monday but Barngarla Native Title holders argued they should all have a vote in the ballot and their exclusion is contrary … Read More

The Federal Government’s Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has toured the country and heard from individuals and organisations interested in the future of constitutional recognition.  The Committee, chaired by Senator Patrick Dodson, pictured, was established after a First Nations Voice enshrined in the … Read More

PUBLIC NOTICE WIRANGU NATIVE TITLE AUTHORISATION MEETINGSouth Australian Native Title Services Ltd (SANTS) invites all Wirangu native title claimants (the proposed native title claim group) as described below to attend a meeting to authorise a new native title determination application as depicted in the map at the time and location … Read More

In July 2018, SANTS celebrates a decade of working with Aboriginal Nations towards native title recognition and sustainable Aboriginal Nations. Native title in South Australia was previously managed by the Native Title Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and in July 2008 SANTS became an independent organisation.We thank Anangu … Read More

The outstanding contributions of Aboriginal people in our community were recognised at the NAIDOC SA Awards, held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on Monday 9 July 2018.  From a scholar who is the first Indigenous person to write a doctorate on the Stolen Generations, to an elder who is the … Read More

How can a family and community best deal with the devastating impact of suicide? It’s a question that playwright Jada Alberts confronts head on in her first play Brothers Wreck, which is currently on show at the Odeon Theatre in Adelaide. She believes that open communication is essential and the way … Read More

A meeting at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club during Reconciliation Week saw around one hundred Coffin Bay residents meet with and learn about the original inhabitants of the area. The Nauo History meeting was initiated by Coffin Bay Brian Witty, Karmen Podoresky and friends, after the message “does anyone know … Read More

Traditional owners of the area around the popular tourist town of Broome in northern Western Australia are drawing on their traditional knowledge and culture to create ongoing economic and environmental opportunities on their country. Yawuru Country Managers took delegates at the June 2018 National Native Title Conference on a tour … Read More

A senior police officer has recounted her family’s history of conflict with white authorities, but says that despite the past, working in the force allows her to help Aboriginal people and advance reconciliation. Sergeant Danielle James-A’Hang, Aboriginal Policy Officer for SAPOL delivered a powerful speech at the Reconciliation in the … Read More

SA Native Title Services (SANTS) continues to work with native title holders and claimants, their representatives and other stakeholders to resolve native title claims currently before the Courts. There are currently twenty native title applications being dealt with in South Australia. The Adnyamathanha Peoples (Area C & F), Wilyakali No.2 … Read More

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – PREMIER’S NAIDOC AWARD 2018 The Premier’s NAIDOC Award recognises the outstanding achievements and service of an extraordinary South Australian who has made a significant contribution to the lives of Aboriginal people in South Australia. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN Nominees must be: a resident of South Australia … Read More

On Anzac Day this year, Nauo man Jody Miller was proud to represent his Great Uncle Arthur Weetra and other Aboriginal veterans at the Anzac Day service at Gallipoli Beach near Coffin Bay.  Mr Miller raised an Aboriginal flag and delivered a Welcome to Country to the crowd gathered on … Read More

Recently Jennifer Caruso, an Arrente woman and Survivor of the Stolen Generations graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Doctorate in Philosophy.Dr Jennifer Caruso’s thesis for her PhD is a personal reflection on being taken from her family, and through historical investigation and analysis she reveals the race based … Read More

The Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards recognise young Aboriginal South Australians who are showing potential and determination to achieve success, or who are excelling in their chosen field in one of three areas: Sport, the Arts and Higher Education. Nominations are encouraged from young South Australian Aboriginal solo artists aged between … Read More

Above: Katrina Karlapina Power & Jeffrey Newchurch in the Federal Court following the decision  Map of determination area follows article, below On 21 March 2018, the Kaurna people were recognised as native title holders for lands around Adelaide. The decision is the first positive determination of native title over a … Read More

Late in 2017 the Federal Court awarded compensation to the Tjayiwara Unmuru Peoples for the extinguishment of native title over a small area of land around the Stuart Highway in the far north of South Australia. The Tjayiwara Unmuru Peoples’ ownership over the land surrounding that area was first recognised … Read More

Traditional tools used by ancestors of the Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka traditional owners have been found by chance near Innamincka, in the far north of the South Australian outback. The chance discovery represents a rare archaeological find and offers an insight into the lives of South Australia’s original inhabitants.  The news that … Read More

Experienced lawyer Melanie Burton has joined the SA Native Title Board of Directors. A senior litigation lawyer who was admitted in 1996, Ms Burton has practiced in all areas of civil disputes, risk and advisory for over 20 years, including as a partner of an Adelaide commercial firm with a … Read More

The South Australian Government has signed a formal agreement with an Aboriginal nation which they say is the first significant step in establishing a state based treaty. Representatives of the Narungga Nation, who are the First Peoples of the Yorke Peninsula and the SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Kyam Maher, … Read More

“We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country… We today take this … Read More

Lower Southern Arrernte man and Cultural Ranger Dean Ah Chee used firesticks to light the first cultural burn on co-managed land in South Australia recently.  The burn at Loveheart Springs, part of the National Heritage Listed Witjira-Dalhousie Springs at Witjira National Park, was managed in partnership between the Irrwanyere Aboriginal … Read More

Narungga people will welcome visitors to their country in a range of events to mark 150 years of the Point Pearce community this year, says the community’s Chairperson John Buckskin. Events planned to mark the date include special ANZAC Memorial and Easter church services, a Debutante Ball, football and netball … Read More

South Australia’s new Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement believes that collaboration is the way forward and says he wants to use networks and relationships developed across his long career to influence government for the benefit of Aboriginal people. Mr Harry Miller has been appointed for a three-year term as South Australia’s … Read More

There are a range of support services and funding options available to native title holder groups to help them on their journey to become independent and sustainable organisations that can contribute significantly to their communities. That was the message of a forum of South Australian Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) held … Read More

The 2018 Clem Graham Memorial Butterfish Competition was decided at Port Victoria at Gynburra 2018 on the weekend, with Phillip Dudley taking out the prize of Butterfish King. Clem Graham Snr Butterfish King – Phillip Dudley Wayne Newchurch Snr Most Butterfish – Kevin Newchurch Geoffrey ‘Scooby’ Webb Butterfish Prince – … Read More

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING TO ALL NARUNGGA PERSONS Point Pearce Town-hall, SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2018 commencing at 10.30 am Following on from the Community Meetings held on 6 January and 20 January 2018, a further meeting of the Narungga Community is planned to take place at Point Pearce Town-hall commencing … Read More

South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula will be a place of celebration of Narungga culture this January long weekend, with Gynburra 2018. It’s a festival that draws on the traditions of the First People of the Guuranda, the Narungga name for the Yorke Peninsula, to create a fun, inclusive family weekend. The Director … Read More

The Federal Government is looking to develop and introduce amendments to the Native Title Act, which it says will more efficiently resolve claims, improve agreement making and promote the autonomy of native title groups in making decisions and resolving disputes. An Options Paper has been released which brings together changes … Read More

NARUNGGA NATION ABORIGINAL CORPORATION REGIONAL AUTHORITY (NACRA) NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING TO ALL NARUNGGA PERSONS Point Pearce Town-hall, SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2018 commencing at 10.30 am On 13 September 2017 the State Government formally invited NACRA to begin Treaty discussions with the South Australian Government. On 18 September 2017 NACRA … Read More

NARUNGGA NATION ABORIGINAL CORPORATION REGIONAL AUTHORITY (NACRA) NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING TO ALL NARUNGGA PERSONS Point Pearce Town-hall,SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018 commencing at 10.30 am On 13 September 2017 the State Government formally invited NACRA to begin Treaty discussions with the South Australian Government. On 18 September 2017 NACRA was … Read More

An entirely volunteer based community information service operated by and for South Australian Aboriginal people has been recognised for their important contribution to the community. The Turkindi information network, which is chaired by Ivan Tiwu-Copley was recognised by the city of Port Adelaide and Enfield recently. “It was fantastic, you know the Turkindi Board … Read More

SA Native Title Services held its AGM on Monday 27 November 2017, appointing a new Chair, accepting audited financial statements and confirming the membership of the Board. Craig Allen, a Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka man who works at Flinders Unviersity in the faculty of medicine, takes on the role of Chair of SANTS. All other existing … Read More

NOTICE OF AUTHORISATION MEETINGS  KAURNA – NATIVE TITLE CLAIM(S) WHEN: Saturday 25 November 2017 TIME:  9.30 am registration 10.30 am meetings start WHERE:  Tandanya Cultural Centre 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA TRANSPORT PROVIDED, see further below. LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED Members of the existing KAURNA NATIVE TITLE CLAIM GROUP (defined below) and the PROPOSED … Read More

Native Title claims for areas in the South East of South Australia have been approved by community members and lodged by SA Native Title Services (SANTS). The First Nations of the South East Claim #1 and #2 cover areas near Keith to the coast and across to the Victorian border, … Read More

A group of high school students who walked the gruelling Kokoda track recently discovered the untold stories of eleven South Australian Aboriginal servicemen, their own resilience and leadership capacity and the power of music for reconciliation. The 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trek, organised by Reconciliation SA, saw a group of Aboriginal … Read More

A “wildly successful” art auction held in Adelaide as a part of the Tarnanthi Festival means that people with kidney disease in the APY lands will be able return home to their families and communities. The Purple House Art Auction, held at Tandanya this week, saw works created by artists … Read More

Artists from Art Centres right around rural and remote Australia have travelled to Adelaide to present their art works to Adelaide buyers and collectors at the TARNANTHI Art Fair. The event is being held at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute this weekend. Cara Kirkwood, a Mandandanji, Bidjara and Mithaka woman … Read More

Adelaide welcomes the new creative works of over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from today, with the launch of the 2017 TARNANTHI Festival. This is the second time the TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art has been held, after the successful 2015 program garnered … Read More

Councils around Australia are reviewing and changing how they mark January 26, with the Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Martin Haese supporting a proposal for more inclusive events in the city on that date and Victorian Councils making significant changes to their events. The Adelaide City Council has noted a … Read More

South Australia is long overdue for a new approach to prisons and re-offending according to one tireless community volunteer. Her comments come as the Government launches a major reform to corrections policy in the state. Heather Agius was awarded SA Female Elder of the Year at the 2017 SA NAIDOC … Read More

Aboriginal people in South Australian embrace and value the opportunity to discuss treaty with the SA Government, says SA Native Title Services CEO Keith Thomas. His statement comes after Opposition Leader Steven Marshall told the Sunday Mail that plans for treaty are unworkable and not a priority for Aboriginal communities … Read More

The South Australian community was saddened by the sudden passing in July of a much-loved community leader and cultural educator – Stephen Goldsmith. Uncle Stevie was a proud Narungga and Kaurna man, an inspiration and friend to many. He was an important part of the revival of the Kaurna language … Read More

Consultation into the proposed nuclear waste storage site in South Australia must be carefully shaped to take Aboriginal people’s views into account and incorporate existing decision making structures, says a member of the Board which is overseeing the current state-wide discussions. Mr Parry Agius is a member of the Nuclear … Read More

Yunkunytjatjara leader and anti-nuclear campaigner Yami Lester OAM has been farewelled at a state funeral held on his traditional lands at Walatina Station in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in northern South Australia. Over 400 people paid their respects to a man celebrated as a survivor and advocate for … Read More

The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) says that the guidelines for the Stolen Generations reparations scheme mean that many people could miss out on funding despite having been stolen from their families as children. With over 350 applications awaiting state government assessment, ALRM CEO Cheryl Axelby says that the guidelines … Read More

After more than 40 years as a community association, South Australia’s Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) has changed its own legal foundation to become a corporation, but it will retain its community focus. At a General Meeting held in Adelaide today, it was formally agreed to change the status of … Read More

A First Nations Voice to Federal Parliament is a simple and achievable change to the Constitution that will give Indigenous people the practical recognition they are asking for, according to one Indigenous leader. Thomas Mayor is co-chair of the Uluru Working Group, the group established after the Regional Dialogues and … Read More

South Australia has celebrated outstanding contributions by Aboriginal people in our community at the NAIDOC SA Awards, held at the Adelaide Town Hall on 3 July 2017. From an Aunty and author who has spent her long life sharing her story of being stolen from her family, to a young … Read More

In a year of anniversaries, the anniversary of one significant protest that was hidden for many years was commemorated in North Queensland recently.         Palm Island is located on the Great Barrier Reef about 60 km north of Townsville. In 1957 all residents went on strike against the autocratic management of … Read More

A powerful play telling the story of the conflict between early convicts and the original inhabitants of our country was a sold out success at this year’s Adelaide Festival. Staged the Anstey Hill Quarry for the Festival, The Secret River tells the story of William Thornhill, a convict sent to New South … Read More

A recent Federal Court judgement for the Ngaliwurru and Nungali people in the Northern Territory (NT) has provided a potential precedent and method for calculating compensation for loss of native title rights for the first time in Australia’s history. It’s a decision has real significance for South Australian native title … Read More