Country Arts SA first released a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that covered 2014-2016. In 2018 we released our current 2018-2020 Stretch RAP and our currently in the process of devising our next Stretch RAP.
You can view both our 2014-2016 and 2018-2020 RAP’s below.
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 Community 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 First Nations Ambassador in February 2015.