Their sense of place and belonging is linked to creation stories, travel, trade, ceremonies, family and places held sacred. We recognise the deep and ongoing feelings of relationship and attachment to country of the sea peoples, the plains peoples, the peoples of the desert, the peoples of the Murray waters, of the ranges and of the coasts.
This Plan acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples who are descended from, and identify with, diverse cultures, customs, languages, families and songs. Aboriginal peoples have a unique and holistic relationship to South Australia’s environment, air, land and waters.
This Plan acknowledges the enduring importance to Aboriginal peoples of Aboriginal values and culture, authority and customary laws. It recognises the pillars of Aboriginal society; beliefs system, spirituality, land and family, that connect Aboriginal people and are themselves interconnected. Interconnectedness underpins Aboriginal ways of thinking, being, relating and seeing. Aboriginal cultural and kinship connections are essential to Aboriginal wellbeing.
This Plan values the historical and ongoing contribution of Aboriginal peoples to South Australia in areas as diverse as land use, environmental management, economic development, community services, education, community leadership, the arts, sport and politics. This contribution was made even as past injustices and exploitation caused grief, suffering and loss to Aboriginal people. Many Aboriginal South Australians still experience discrimination and disadvantage and do not share in the full benefits of our society.
This Plan recognises the importance of Aboriginal people’s relationships with each other and with the broader South Australian community. It acknowledges the importance of South Australia being an inclusive, vibrant community. It responds to the overwhelming message from South Australians of all backgrounds, that we share a desire to be connected to our communities, to feel as if we have something to aspire to and be valued and respected. This Plan embodies a commitment that all South Australians can ensure this aspiration becomes reality, for all of us.
Aboriginal wellbeing is now deeply embedded in the Plan with over ten per cent of targets being Aboriginal specific. However, the following targets relate specifically to Aboriginal people and reflect the focus in the Plan on ensuring the wellbeing of all Aboriginal South Australians. Many other targets in the Plan can also deliver positive outcomes to Aboriginal people.
The targets relate specifically to Aboriginal people and reflect the focus in the Plan on ensuring the wellbeing of all Aboriginal South Australians. Many other targets in the Plan can also deliver positive outcomes to Aboriginal people.
- 6. Aboriginal wellbeing
- 9. Aboriginal housing
- 15. Aboriginal education – early years
- 26. Early childhood – birth weight
- 27. Understanding of Aboriginal culture
- 28. Aboriginal leadership
- 44. Aboriginal lands – native title
- 51. Aboriginal unemployment
- 53. Aboriginal employees
- 79. Aboriginal life expectancy
- 80. Smoking
It is important to break down reporting by Aboriginality wherever possible, so that we can know where tailored strategies and responses might be needed. Read more about how target data can be broken down by Aboriginality.