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Our vision for reconciliation

The Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) acknowledges and respects Aboriginal peoples as the state’s First Peoples and nations; and recognises Aboriginal peoples as Traditional Owners and occupants of lands and waters
in South Australia.

We recognise that:

  • Aboriginal spiritual, social, cultural and economic practices come from traditional lands and waters
  • maintaining cultural and heritage beliefs, languages and laws are of ongoing importance; and that
  • Aboriginal people have made and continue to make a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the state.

We acknowledge that the Aboriginal peoples have endured past injustice and dispossession of their traditional lands and waters and the effects of such injustice and dispossession today.

AGD acknowledges the unacceptable over-representation of Aboriginal peoples as victims and offenders in the criminal justice system and is committed to working with Aboriginal peoples to overcome disadvantage in law and justice.

The AGD vision for reconciliation is for healing between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, as a first step towards the realisation of an inclusive, safe and fair South Australia for all.