Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.
Our Aboriginal Engagement program supports Aboriginal artists to tell their stories using both traditional and new artforms. Our program helps youth reconnect with their culture through art and encourages more people to participate in art based activities.
Country Arts SA works closely with other state arts organisations such as Ananguku Arts, Arts SA, Tandanya and Carclew Youth Arts to deliver more services and support to South Australia’s regional Indigenous artists.
A state-wide Aboriginal Reference Group advises Country Arts SA on programs, protocols, and policy making.
At every stage of a relevant project’s development, Country Arts SA aims to work with artists and organisations in respecting and acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.
To continue this work we have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) covering 2014 – 2016. In 2018 we have released out 2018-2020 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.
Our Reconciliation Ambassador is Jack Buckskin:
A proud Kaurna and Narungga man Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin has dedicated his life to re-learning and passing on his knowledge and language to the future generations of Kaurna people, especially his own children, in which he speaks the once said ‘extinct Kaurna language’ of the Adelaide Plains.
Through managing and performing song and dance with Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services, teaching Kaurna language and being a strong icon in the revitalisation process of Kaurna language, Jack has had the opportunity to promote and teach about his language and culture around the world.
Jack has also stared in a documentary about his own journey with language called ‘Buckskin – a film about Jack’ which won the 2013 Sydney film festival’s Foxtel documentary prize.
Jack now works with Tauondi Aboriginal College in Port Adelaide as an Aboriginal Cultural Service Mentor, providing Cultural Awareness.
Jacks believes that the language has come from the land, this is the only place you will find this language in the world, the language was in the country before we were born, the language is still here today and will still be here tomorrow, as residents it is our duty to makes sure this continues, so we need to learn it and use it together.
Jack became Country Arts SA’s inaugural Indigenous Ambassador in February 2015.
Aboriginal Engagement Activities
- Reconciliation Action Plan
- Aboriginal Reference Group
- Acknowledgement of Country announcements at all Country Arts SA Venues
- Acknowledgement of Country short film for the Chaffey Theatre
- Aboriginal Art Forums
- Nunga Tickets
For more information about Aboriginal Art and Aboriginal arts events click here