South Australia’s Constitution now includes the following …

Constitutional recognition of South Australia’s Aboriginal people was passed by State Parliament, Thursday 21 March, 2013. The bill was passed through both houses with unanimous support.

The following wording has been inserted into SA’s Constitution:

“Parliament on behalf of the people of South Australia:

(a) Acknowledges and respects Aboriginal peoples as the State’s First Peoples and Nations;

(b) Recognises Aboriginal peoples as the traditional owners and occupants of the land and waters in South Australia and that:

i. their spiritual, social, cultural and economic practices come from their traditional lands and waters;

ii. they maintain cultural and heritage beliefs, languages, and laws all of which are of ongoing importance; and

iii. they have and continue to maintain a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the State;

(c) acknowledges that the Aboriginal peoples have endured past injustice and dispossession of their traditional lands and waters.”

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