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Reconciliation Week Event: Truth-telling, story-sharing and reconciliation

01 June 2022

When the Uluru Statement from the Heart was delivered on 26 May 2017, it offered a chance to reimagine Australia as a place of reconciliation, a chance to deliver real change for First Nations people to take their rightful place in our nation.

Crucial to the process, and to engendering healing and reconciliation, is truth-telling – the opportunity for First Nations peoples to share their culture, heritage and history with the broader community, and record the impacts of colonisation and settlement.

The South Australian Film Corporation is proud to celebrate Reconciliation Week 2022 with a special panel discussion on the ongoing impacts of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, how truth-telling sits at the heart of reconciliation, and how the screen sector can best support the aims of reconciliation, including through developing Reconciliation Action Plans.

Moderated by Shona Reid, CEO of Reconciliation SA, the panel will feature:

●  Sally Scales, Partnership Manager for the Uluru Statement from the Heart;

●  Alira Mckenzie-Williams, Public Programs Officer for Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of SA and Uluru Statement from the Heart 2022 Youth Dialogue delegate;

●  Paul Ryan, producer, director and owner of South Australian production company 57 Films.

This session will be recorded by SAFC partner organisation Channel 44 and will be made available for viewing at a later date.

When: Wednesday 1 June, 2022

Where: SAFC’s Adelaide Studios, 1 Mulberry Road, Glenside SA 5065

Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm, followed by light refreshments provided by Tauondi Aboriginal Community College Catering Service

Cost: Free, however RSVPs are essential

Please note: This session will be recorded. If you do not wish to be filmed please let a member of staff know on the day.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change” is a challenge to all Australians — individuals, families, communities, organisations and government — to bravely tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians. Please join the SAFC for this special public conversation to learn about First Nations cultures and perspectives, and ways to support and increase economic equity and self-determination for First Nations people in Australia.

This panel discussion will cover the follow topics:

The Uluru Statement from the Heart: As the largest consensus of First Nations peoples on a proposal for substantive recognition in Australian history, the road to the Uluru Statement from the Heart is a long one even without mentioning the decades of First Nations activism that came before it. Five years after it was first delivered, what has been achieved and what still needs to occur?

Truth-telling: What is truth-telling, and why is it so important? Local truth-telling is particularly powerful, especially when it occurs in small communities where people are able to develop personal relationships through the process, and build respect and understanding. How can the screen sector support and embrace First Nations truth-telling?

The panel will also discuss the benefits of your organisation having your own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and how you and your organisation can be an ally.


Moderator Shona Reid is a proud Eastern Aranda Woman and is CEO at Reconciliation SA. She has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of First Nations children, young people, families and communities for over two decades. She also holds positions on the SA Youth Centre Review Board (Youth Parole Board), South Australian Housing Trust Board of Management (Chairing the Aboriginal Advisory Committee in SAHA), is CoChair of the Justice ReInvestment South Australia Board, a Member of the Indigenous Advisory Group at Flinders University and is a Director on the National Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Sally Scales is a Pitjantjatjara woman from the APY lands, former Chair of the APY Council and currently works as the Partnership Manager for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Sally has also worked in the education sector, for the APY Art Centre Collective, consults for the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Government, and is an accomplished artist. Sally has been driving the campaign regarding the Uluru Statement from the Heart in South Australia and works closely with the University of NSW nationally and with Reconciliation SA locally to further awareness and engagement in this work.

Paul Ryan is an Adelaide based producer, director and owner of 57 Films. His experience spans more than three decades, working across a range of projects from documentaries, film and corporate projects. Often drawn to projects with a strong social conscience or health focus, he has long-standing relationships with First Nations Elders and communities having worked with and on a variety of First Nations projects. In 2019 he developed a joint venture with Uncle Major Moogy Sumner to produce factual television and film projects.

Alira McKenzie-Williams is a proud Bundjalung woman from Northern New South Wales who currently resides on Kaurna Land in Adelaide. Trained as a Stage Manager with the State Theatre Company South Australia, Alira was involved in dozens of theatre productions from 2016-2019, since which she has worked at the Art Gallery of South Australia as Public Programs Officer for Tarnanthi. Alira has been involved in every Tarnanthi exhibition since its inception, and has worked across all departments at AGSA to create engaging programs in collaboration with current exhibitions. Alira is proud to work at AGSA, the first state institution in Australia to display the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2019. Alira was recently invited to join the Uluru Statement from the Heart youth dialogue held in Cairns in April 2022, where Youth and Senior leaders came together to create the Yarrabah Affirmation.

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