Coming to Terms

Find below a short overview of key links Ngarrindjeri have identified for people interested in coming to terms and supporting the Treaty and Sovereignity movement.

Uluru Statement 2017

Voice. Treaty. Truth. Constitutional reform for First Nations Peoples.


U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Terra Nullius

In 1770 Captain James Cook landed in Botany Bay, home of the Eora people, and claimed possession of the East Coast of Australia for Britain under the doctrine of 'terra nullius'. According to the international law of Europe in the late 18th century, there were only three ways that Britain could take possession of another country.


Protection Legislation

The Aboriginal Protection Act, enacted in 1869, gave extensive powers over the lives of Aboriginal people to the government's Board for the Protection of Aborigines, including regulation of residence, employment and marriage.


Letters Patent

Coming to Terms, edited by Shaun Berg.

The Province of South Australia was created on 15 August 1834 and established by Letters Patent on 19 February 1836. The Colonial Office in London insisted that the Colony could proceed if the land was fairly acquired from the Aborigines and transactions supervised by a government appointed protector.


Native Title

Native title is a property right which reflects a relationship to land which is the very foundation of Indigenous religion, culture and well-being. The non-discriminatory protection of native title is a recognised human right.


Reconciliation Australia

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement.


Cultural Water - cultural flow

Water is intrinsically linked to the cultural and spiritual identity of Aboriginal people. The land and water forms an integral part who Aboriginal people are - and they, in turn, form a part of the land and waters.


Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA) is the peak regional organisation of the Ngarrindjeri. We represent communities and organisations that currently make up the Ngarrindjeri Nation and the individual Native Title claimants of the Ngarrindjeri and Others Native Title Claim.


Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub

Ngarrindjeri Nguldi Arndu - Ngarrindjeri Welcome You to the Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub: Meet some of our artists and learn about our culture

Review of TOH cards 2014

Review of the Typology of Harm cards by Jennifer Penton, Griffith University, 2014

The Cards – initial impressions (excerpts)

For me, these cards present an excellent opportunity for practitioners to examine the risks in their own practice and project delivery in community settings, and to build a culture of ethical practice. [...]

I believe there is also enormous potential to develop more advanced and dynamic role play scenarios so that the archetypes can be fully experienced and the effect of the behaviours can be felt by the users. This type of activity can link the intellectual understanding of the archetypes, with the embodied and sensory experience. [...]

Click here to read the full review.

Typology of Harm 2014

2014 Spectres Of Evaluation conference

We presented the first Typology of Harm prototype at the international 'Spectres of Evaluation' conference at the Footscray Community Arts Centre Feb 6-7 2014, commissioned by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College for the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Developed by Change Media's Jennifer Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, after discussions about harm and evaluation, with VCA's Lachlan MacDowall and Marnie Badham and great feedback from the folks at here studio in Melbourne, Michelle Emma James and Ammon Beyerle, the prototype is the first stage of our innovative-disruptive work to include a card game for self evaluation of harm in art and culture, e-reader and online version. The prototype presentation was accompanied by a multimedia art installation of our development-in-progress and a hands-on workshop (sculpture, image work, video, mass player lanyard game).

During the 2-day event, the Department for Critical Illiteracy launched the prototype ‘Typology of Harm in CACD’. After an introduction of the methodology, participants played out different negative value scenarios and developed their own typology of harm, to map out their own experience of harm, by using a unique set of N.I.C.E. cards [Negative Indicators Commonly Experienced]. Our team handed out playing cards to conference delegates to attached tp their lanyards and a brisk trade and collection of cards ensued. We saw a few eager punters trying to collect them all...

Our development of the typology will introduce a range of tools and ‘archetypes’ based on identified negative values and behavior patterns we identified in collaboration with colleagues and community participants over years of 'successful' practise, to open up a dialogue on the issues of harm, risk, power and value. Our method aims to strengthen critical literacy across the sector to support stakeholders to engage on a deep level with problems of power, interdependency, morality, privilege and commodification across the sector.

During a 20-minute panel presentation at the conference to over 100 participants, we raised questions about negative value, harm, complicity of artists and arts managers with in a fear-driven framework and the urgency to reframe our moral belief systems that inform our work.

The 90min hands-on session at 'Spectres' concluded the first research in action phase of the work, framed as a ‘swap-meet’  creative and interactive workshop. 15 participating artists, arts managers and researchers tested the prototype. We also received great feedback throughout the conference pointing to the need for a typology of harm to support a rigorous debate on value in CACD. Many people started collecting and trading the cards, which were attached to the delegates lanyards. We were joined by Michelle Emma James and Ammon Beyerle from herestudio, who supported us to deliver the workshop.

We see Critical Literacy as an essential tool for CACD practice in a colonial context. How can we name key values of our sector, without jeopardising our standing in the sector? What really informs our narratives, beyond spin and funding speak? This Typology of Harm is Change Media's artistic response to a set of questions we posed after 20 years of highly ‘successful’ glorious failures.