Reconciliation Action Plan

The History Trust of South Australia Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. Artwork by Elizabeth Close

Our commitment to reconciliation

The History Trust of South Australia respects the primary place of Aboriginal people in our history. We acknowledge that this story commenced long before Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the establishment of government in the province of South Australia on 28 December 1836. Aboriginal people have a history that extends millennia into the past. We acknowledge that Aboriginal lands and sovereignty were not recognised, and that building a shared understanding of history is critical to reconciliation. And we affirm our role in reconciliation as an essential part of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal South Australians co-creating a positive future.

Our Vision for Reconciliation is an Australia that embraces the unique, ancient and continuing history of Australia’s First Nations Peoples and confronts our shared history since colonisation. We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan On 1 June 2020, through which we will make change within our organisation and our sector.

The History Trust is a history organisation, and recognises the legacy of the past in the present; that the impacts of the colonisation of South Australia are ongoing. We commit to the process of truth-telling called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, working with First Nations Peoples to shine a light on our difficult, shared histories in order to create a better future.

You can read our Reconciliation Action Plan here.