SACOSS supported the formation of the SA Aboriginal Coalition for Social Justice (SA ACSJ) in 2012, in response to concerns raised by community leaders regarding the future of Aboriginal controlled NGOs in SA. Interested stakeholders were invited to become a members of SA ACSJ, including representatives from Aboriginal controlled services and Aboriginal community members. The SA ACSJ continues to provide a collective voice for Aboriginal people in SA on issues that are relevant to Aboriginal people and which lead to community capacity building. SA ACSJ welcomes new members.
For further information on the SA ACSJ you can download the Coalition's brochure here.
Cultural Principles and Protocols Guide
The Cultural Principles and Protocols Guide was created in 2013 and represents the combined knowledge and input of the members of SA Aboriginal Coalition for Social Justice (SA ACSJ) and the South Australian NGO sector.
The document is a guide to help the NGO sector engage with Aboriginal controlled organisations and interest groups across SA.
The SA ACSJ recognises that there are a range of dynamics at play in relationships between NGOs and Aboriginal-controlled organisations and communities: some relationships are very positive and support Aboriginal organisations and people, but others do little to build the capacity of Aboriginal communities to overcome the significant social issues they face.
The Coalition expects that where the Cultural Principles and Protocols Guide is followed, there will be improved relationships between mainstream and Aboriginal NGOs, and capacity building within Aboriginal communities will be more likely to take place.
The SA ACSJ continues to seek endorsement of the Cultural Principles and Protocols Guide by mainstream NGOs.
Please phone SACOSS on 8305 4222 or email sacoss(at)sacoss.org.au for instructions on how to endorse the SA ACSJ Cultural Principles and Protocols Guide.
SA Aboriginal Coalition for Social Justice Membership Options
The SA ACSJ has differing levels of membership - Membership is open to any South Australian Aboriginal controlled organisation or South Australian Aboriginal individual. Associated membership is for an organisation or individual who does not fit the above criteria but who agrees with and wishes to support the objects of the SA ACSJ.