Joint Statement of Action: Connection to Country for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
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Connection to Country encompasses opportunities to be on and with Country. Connection and/or re-connection to Country is a significant determinant of health and wellbeing for Aboriginal people and is a part of Aboriginal peoples’ self-determination.
The Joint Statement of Action: Connection to Country for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing (the Statement) (PDF 1MB) is a collaborative statement which reflects the voices of over 80 representatives from communities and organisations across the health, environment and Aboriginal community sectors.
The Statement documents an agreed understanding of the importance of Connection to Country for Aboriginal health and wellbeing. It acknowledges that Aboriginal people understand and benefit from a strong relationship with Country. The reciprocal and interdependent relationship between Aboriginal people and their ancestral lands and seas is sustained by cultural knowledge and connection. This relationship, and the cultural practices and customs that strengthen and protect it, vary between places and communities. The relationship with Country is a personal one, Aboriginal people see themselves as belonging to Country, and every aspect of themselves and their life as holistically interconnected with Country.
The Statement articulates principles to guide how Aboriginal people in South Australia can be better supported to connect to country through the combined action of government, the non-government sector and the community.
The Statement is an advocacy tool and document to guide partnership for the Aboriginal community, the non-government sector, state government agencies and the South Australian community as a whole.
The Statement contains:
“The story of this painting comes from a series of paintings titled ‘Family’.
It’s an acknowledgement to Leaders in our community, not only past and present but also our next generation leaders. Also to those who inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
It suggests the importance of how our present choices have impact on the people and environment now and into the future. That we are connected. It’s about empowering ourselves through empowering others.”
- Tony Wilson- Narungga/Ngarrindjeri.