"Our vision for reconciliation is a society that values the cultures and heritage of our First Nations Peoples, respects the land and waters, and provides justice and equity to all Australians."
In February we celebrated the endorsement of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) by Reconcilliation Australia with a 'Virtual Yarn' – a digital version of the traditional dialogue circle commonly practiced by our First Nations Peoples.
Over 20 colleagues gathered online to hear from special guest speaker Professor Dawn Besserab, a highly regarded Aboriginal senior social worker and researcher of Bardi descent. Professor Bessarab discussed the significance of the 2008 Kevin Rudd apology, the impact it has left on people and institutions today and the work that is still ahead in creating a society that is truly inclusive of all Australians - and more particularly, our First Nations Peoples.
Professor Besserab also touched on other efforts introduced by the Federal Government before the National Apology, including the 'Bring Them Home' report which outlined 54 recommendations to mend the repercussions that followed the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, known as the 'Stolen Generation'. She also shed further light on how we as everyday people, can all play a part in reconciliation, whether it's in the communities in which we work or further afield.
Communicare has been committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to bridge the gap with the wider Australian community and engage in opportunities to create equality for all.
Since the launch of our Reflect RAP in 2018, we've been focussed on growing relationships with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations.
Through discussions held internally with our RAP working group, along with external stakeholders, we've developed a deeper understanding on how we can embed our commitment to reconciliation across our people, places, programs and services – and this will continue to be delivered under our Innovate RAP.
After months in the making, our Innovate RAP acknowledges our collective achievements thus far, builds on these initial goals and marks the next chapter of our reconciliation journey, formerly endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
The Virtual Yarn not only celebrated this milestone, but was an innovative way of sharing the stories, history and culture of our First Nations Peoples with our colleagues.
Our next Yarning Circle will reflect on Sorry Day (May 26), with more details to come soon.
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