At the South Australian Museum, we will value and respect the knowledge, contributions and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across everything we do. We acknowledge the significant role we have locally and beyond to respect, repatriate and build a place of safe learning, healing and opportunity. This responsibility stems from the colonisation of South Australia and the Museum’s unacceptable past practices in its interactions with First Nations peoples and their cultural objects.
Our vision for reconciliation is to continue to build positive and collaborative relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities by facing-up to our past and working hard to embed reconciliation across every aspect of the Museum.
Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2023–2025 will support us to show leadership in reconciliation through our actions, through the commitment of and to our people and through our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will champion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, cultures and languages in the public realm and support our audiences to take pride in our First Nations cultures.
Everyone at the South Australian Museum has a role to play to make long term sustainable changes, to progress reconciliation.
Header image: Uncle Moogy Sumner and Auntie Madge Wanganeen at Kaurna Wangayarta, December 2021 (Photo: Sia Duff)