Dear AILA SA Chapter friends and colleagues
The Connection to Country Sub Committee wants to make a difference with you in SA. Our purpose is three-fold:
1. To identify, propose, support and advance Reconciliation with First Australians within AILA.
2. To support a change in the culture of landscape architecture in Australia (ethics, governance, education and practice), from its settler based origins to a respectful inclusion of multiple Aboriginal Countries and communities.
3. To enable greater capacity building for Indigenous leadership and representation within AILA activities including the integral support of Cultural Ambassadors and greater Indigenous membership.
Every month a different committee member plans to share a reflection or some news on what we're up to or current events in SA. There's so much good already happening in this space by individuals, practices and organisations, in SA and across Australia. So if you have something to share, we'd also like to hear from you. We can learn from and walk together on our Reconciliation journey.
As a start, I want to share some great SA resources to help you feel connected and be in the know!
• Ochre Dawn - If you're not already familiar with this local Aboriginal owned creative business, I suggest that you visit their website www.ochredawn.com.au to see the products and services that they offer. Not only that, I highly recommend that you subscribe to their monthly eNewsletter which is always fun and interesting to read, featuring First Nations businesses, artists, books and products.
• Reconciliation SA - Another monthly newsletter worth subscribing to is Reconciliation SA's. The latest newsletter (out today) features the Australian Reconciliation Convention happening later this month (15-17 November), ICONIC merchandise partnership with The Uluru Statement from the Heart, Juukan Gorge parliamentary inquiry update, Tarnanthi art festival at the AGSA, and much much more. Visit www.reconciliationsa.org.au/
• Aboriginal Way - This quarterly printed and digital newspaper features stories for and about SA Aboriginal communities. The Winter 2021 edition featured stories such as the first AIATSIS Summit held in Adelaide and the first Kaurna cultural burn in the Adelaide Plains in 200 years. Find it at www.nativetitlesa.org/aboriginal-way-news/.