The Family Centre’s second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is an important continuation of our vision for social justice. We recognise the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge them as Australia’s First People.
At the heart of our RAP is a promise to build trusting, respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s a road map to guide our journey of reflection, learning, healing and action. We are committed to making a real contribution to true reconciliation.
Our plan outlines the practical steps we will take to strengthen the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the leadership and decision making of our organisation, increase participation in our workforce and involvement in the design, delivery and evaluation of our programs.
Our RAP is firmly focused on measurable outcomes that will make a real difference for the people we work with and the communities we serve.
Our plan is the result of consultation with our Aboriginal Advisory Sub-Committee, Family Centre staff and volunteers and Reconciliation Australia. It’s been a powerful learning experience for all of us. I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has contributed to the development of this plan.
We look forward to implementing our second plan together and faithfully reporting on our progress over the next 2 years.
The Family Centre Welcomes First Nations Voice
The Family Centre is committed to reconciliation and respect for the history, culture and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. These proposals are consistent with our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and our vision for a fair and inclusive society.
We acknowledge there are different views and perspectives on the upcoming referendum and we respect the right of everyone to express their opinions in a respectful and constructive way.
We hope that the lead-up to the referendum will be an opportunity for an exchange of ideas, learning and understanding among all Australians.
The referendum is an opportunity to unite our nation and to take a further step towards true reconciliation. We encourage all Australians to engage with the Uluru Statement from the Heart and to vote in the referendum with an open mind and heart.
Uluru Statement from the Heart
As the largest consensus of First Nations peoples on a proposal for substantive recognition in Australian history, the road to the Uluru Statement from the Heart is a long one even without mentioning the decades of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism that came before it.