Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Healing
At Relationships Australia NSW, we’re passionate about building sustained and meaningful relationships and partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and non Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With this in mind, we are proud to announce that Relationships Australia NSW’s second Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021 – 2024 has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, and by our Board. We look forward to continuing on this journey of healing — together.
Our position statement
Our Reconciliation Action Plan is our public commitment to our vision for Reconciliation. We recognise the ongoing resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and through the work we do, we seek to promote self-determination of First Peoples and Communities.
In the words of Aboriginal actor, Ernie Dingo: “Reconciliation is not for Aboriginal people. Reconcile the injustices that your forefathers have done, sit down, think about it, talk about it, get it out of the way and we’ll acknowledge your apology and move on.”
Once we have reconciled our past we can much better walk together into a shared future. Reconciliation is central to the full realisation of our organisational vision: Strong Relationships, Strong Communities. For reconciliation to occur, we need to reflect upon the injustices that were perpetrated, and work to eliminate those that continue. Through strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities we believe we can move ‘Onwards together’.
This position statement is a declaration of our intention to continue on our own journey of truth telling and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which begins with reflection and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity. Our journey also creates opportunities to share and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, histories, achievements and knowledge.
The actions we’re committing to
As an organisation we commit to take substantive action towards reconciliation:
- We will elevate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples voices and address issues of inequality
- We will embrace the opportunity to learn
- We will create a culturally aware and safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all areas of our organisation
- We will pay genuine respect to the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways
- We will support Reconciliation across the sector
- We will work to ensure we will proactively provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in our organisation