Uniting Country SA is excited to celebrate NAIDOC week. This week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their rich history, diverse cultures and achievements as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. This year the theme is Heal Country, a call to action for us all to protect the land, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.

While many events across regional South Australia have been postponed due to COVID-19, we are honoured and excited to help organise and attend events across the state, now and in the future. This year’s theme speaks deeply to UCSA. Healing Country means resolving many of the injustices impacting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “Justice for All” is one of the core values of Uniting Country SA.

Reconciliation Action Plan

To help UCSA work towards “Justice for All”, we have adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan. This plan lists four commitments we wish to achieve over a four-year period, as well as the actions we will take to achieve these goals. The commitments are:

  • Uniting Country SA has a responsibility to create opportunities for Aboriginal people through employment and services.
  • Uniting Country SA will learn from our Aboriginal colleagues and Aboriginal Communities. We will create culturally safe spaces and a competent, responsive workforce.
  • Uniting Country SA will build lasting relationships with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations and be guided by them in advocacy and service delivery.
  • Uniting Country SA will work with Aboriginal people across all levels of the organisation. We recognise the importance of Aboriginal leadership in service delivery and governance.

By following these commitments, we will do our part in Healing Country.

We would like to thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations for their support in developing these goals and for sharing NAIDOC celebrations.

Click here to read our Reconciliation Action Plan  Click here to learn more about NAIDOC week