Josh to Spearhead Inclusivity in the Hills

Josh Spier is the Adelaide Hills Council’s new Community and Social Planning Officer. Josh explains his new role as “ensuring our district is accessible and inclusive for all people, a key step in strengthening community wellbeing.” Josh grew up in Bridgewater, in the Adelaide hills. “Even when I moved to a high school in the CBD, I still spent every … Read More

Reconciliation in Early Childhood Education a Good Start

Education is often stated as one of the key factors in defeating racism and creating a reconciled society. Gamilaraay woman, and Elizabeth Vale Goodstart director, Nykita Gibbs, has taken up the challenge of putting this notion into action, and spoke to Reconciliation SA about their progress. Nykita, whose been the director of the Goodstart at Elizabeth Vale for the last two years after thirteen years in the early childhood sector, describes herself as “very passionate about reconciliation … Read More

BGR Chair Allen Edwards talks History, Education, and Reconciliation

Reconciliation isn’t about talking the talk. It’s about making positive change for Aboriginal people, creating safer workplaces, classrooms and more. And proud Kaurna/Kokatha (Adelaide Plains/West Coast of SA) man, and Blackwood Reconciliation Group chair is doing just that, figuratively, and literally, he’s walking the walk. From the Blackwood Reconciliation Walk to walking into class rooms and educating. The Blackwood Reconciliation … Read More

Uncle John Browne discusses his Journey of Healing, and National Sorry Day

In 1997, the Bringing them Home Report, the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families was released. The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, who tabled the report to parliament said, “This report is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people … Read More

AVSA committee members ensure Aboriginal digger sacrifices are honoured

Covid-19 is known to have a prolific infection rate, but it has probably canceled just as many events as it has infected people, if not more, and, as such, ANZAC Day was particularly affected. If not for the determination of Australian’s and New Zealander’s to keep the tradition of recognising the sacrifices made by the ANZACS alive, it would have … Read More

For Love of Country preview: Veteran Profile of Leigh Elijah Herewane MM (1895-1956)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog will contain images and names of people who have passed away   Aboriginal Veterans of South Australia (AVSA) co-chair Ian Smith is researching Aboriginal Veterans from South Australia, and those with links to South Australia and will be releasing a book, complete with Veteran profiles in the future, … Read More

Hear from AVSA Co-Chairs Uncle Frank Lampard OAM and Ian Smith

Aboriginal Veterans South Australia (AVSA), as explained by co-chair Ian Smith “is a group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people that want to make sure that the service and sacrifice of Aboriginal people for country is recognised.” AVSA grew out of the work of the Aboriginal Independents’ Project in the early 2000’s, this project aimed to encourage Aboriginal veterans and their … Read More

AVSA Keynote Speaker Steven Warrior talks Family Legacy, Military and ANZAC Day

Each year Aboriginal Veterans of South Australia (AVSA) hosts an ANZAC Day Gathering at the Aboriginal War Memorial, Torrens Parade Ground. As like many other events, the current COVID-19 social gathering restrictions have halted this very important annual event. This year, AVSA had approached Mr Steven Warrior, Narungga, Kokatha and Kaurna man, Flight Lieutenant, and Indigenous Liaison Officer at the … Read More