First Nation community leaders videos


To recognise Reconciliation Week, Tea Tree Gully Council hosted a round-table discussion with First Nation elders and community leaders.

These educational videos offer an insight into what Reconciliation means.

The First Nation elders and community leaders in the videos have all contributed to the City of Tea Tree Gully, and we have benefited greatly from their involvement.

The theme of Reconciliation Week this year is to be brave and make change.

Reconciliation Week panel discussion videos

Select the video titles below to play the videos in Youtube.

A teachers' guide has also been created to assist classroom discussions.

Download the teachers' guide(PDF, 91KB)

Full video transcript(PDF, 121KB)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these videos are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the City of Tea Tree Gully.

First Nation elders and community leaders

For more information on the First Nation elders and community leaders appearing in this video series, click on their names below.

David Rathman OA

David Rathman is proud Eastern Aranda descendant with family connections with Kokatha, Arabunna and a number of other traditional groups in South Australia. His distinguished career began working in media for the ABC and radio, which transitioned to social planner, Aboriginal education and Director, Office of Aboriginal Affairs. From 1922 David was the CEO of the Department of State Aboriginal Affairs, Executive Director of Aboriginal Education and Employment Services, 2008 Executive Director of DECS delivering education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people, and 2014 as Executive Director of Aboriginal and Family Services. He has been appointed to numerous boards from the SA Museum to the University of SA. He continues his work as director of the Aboriginal Legal rights movement and co-chair of UNISA RAP community and SA Water RAP committee. David currently operates a consultancy business advocating for Aboriginal issues. This is but a glimpse of his achievements as an Aboriginal statesman for South Australia. David has been awarded the Public Service Medal, Centenary Award and Order of Australia in 2000.

Frank Wanganeen

Frank Wanganeen is a Kaurna elder born at Wallaroo on Narungga country. Frank has been involved in various committees about Reconciliation, Aboriginal heritage, native title, social justice and the revival of the Kaurna language. He also operates the Kaurna Cultural Walking Tours in the Adelaide as a cultural educator who creates awareness of Kaurna cultural heritage and Aboriginal issues.

Sasha Hill

Sasha Hill (she/her) is a Yamatji/ Noongar woman currently living and working on Kaurna country. Sascha runs her own art and consultancy business working as an artist, maker, facilitator, art therapist and consultant. Sasha has been painting since she was a little girl and has been taught how to paint from amazing, strong women, she has lived and worked back home on country in Western Australia and all these experience shape her visual stories. Much of the artworks tell stories of identity, country, dreamings and kindship ties

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Tamaru is a proud Narungga/ Kaurna. He is a teacher and consultant of Kaurna culture and language from ELC to Universities. He advocates and consults on Reconciliation Action Plans in the public and private sector. Tamaru is passionate about Kaurna language and biodiversity.

Khyleesha Welgraven

Khyleesha Welgraven is a proud young Adnyamathanha, Kokatha and Arrente woman. She is a college captain at Kildare College where she is also currently completing Year 12 and her Commonwealth Bank Traineeship. Khyleesha has a strong belief that change starts within us, so she advocates about social justice to empower others to be themselves in a safe and welcoming environment.