This course is delivered by the Kuma Kaaru Cultural Service who represent many Aboriginal groups from across the state. ‘Kuma Kaaru’ means “One Blood” in Kaurna Language and highlights the open and inclusive approach taken to educate South Australians on Indigenous culture.

  • Land and Diversity – Understand the many Aboriginal groups from the South Australian region and their diversity of language and tradition.
  • Kinship and Responsibilities – Explore the kinship structure of Aboriginal groups and the various responsibilities and expectations of roles within them.
  • Death and Dying Processes (traditional and contemporary) – Apply learning of past and present to interact more empathetically with Aboriginal groups on sensitive issues.
  • Spirituality and the spirit world – Understanding spiritual connections to land and place and how this can be considered when working with Aboriginal groups.
  • Colonisation history and timeline – Expand on ‘truth telling’ with exploration on past events that have impacted Indigenous peoples.
  • Statistics of Aboriginal people today – Grow your understanding of the needs and circumstances of Aboriginal people.

You will walk away from this course with a greatly improved understanding, empathy and sensitivity to Indigenous communities. Additionally, you will have an increased ability to apply this knowledge to working with Aboriginal groups more effectively and empathetically.

Who Should Attend:
  • Anyone who is seeking to improve their understanding of indigenous culture
  • Those looking to help themselves and their organisation grow in their ability to work with diverse groups.
Benefits to You and Your Organisation:
  • Increased cultural awareness and understanding of Aboriginal Groups.
  • The ability to apply culturally appropriate knowledge to your workplace and future projects.

Learn about our speakers

Jack Buckskin

Founder/Managing Director
Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services Pty Ltd

Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin is a proud Kaurna and Narungga man who has dedicated his life to learning and passing on his knowledge and language of the Adelaide Plains to future generations of Kaurna people.

Jack has been a strong icon in the revitalisation process of Kaurna language through managing and performing song and dance with Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services and through teaching Kaurna language.

He believes that as Kaurna language has come from the land this is the only place in the world you will find it, it was in the country before we were born and it is our duty to ensure it continues by learning and using it together.

Upcoming course availability

In person

June 2022

Friday, 24 June 2022

BOOKED OUT - contact us at registrations@sa.ipaa.org.au to be added to the waitlist.


1 half day
8:45am registration (9:00am - 12:30pm)

Competency framework
Applicable to all public sector employees

Morning tea, refreshments and resources

IPAA SA Level 6, 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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Personal Member $315
State Government Employee Member $350
Corporate Member $360
Non-Member $395