Advocacy in Action - Reconciliation Action Plan Progress

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The Committee for Perth began our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey in 2009 when we made a Statement of Commitment to reconciliation. Since that time we have renewed this commitment through our successive RAPs in 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-18 and our current 2019-2021 Innovate RAP. The in-depth reporting process provides us with the opportunity to maintain accountability, reflect on the commitments outlined in our RAP, assess what we have achieved and reaffirm what we are working towards.

Reconciliation continues to be a major priority of the Committee’s now and into the future. Despite being a small organisation, we place a significant emphasis on respecting, recognising and promoting understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons by celebrating their cultures in all areas of what we do.

So far, 2019 has been a very busy year for our reconciliation initiatives, which included:

  • Acknowledging the Noongar people as the Traditional Owners of the South West of Western Australia at events, meetings and now in email signatures;
  • Sharing reconciliation news and resources widely with the Committee’s network and using our newsletters as a platform for sharing progress;
  • Undertaking cultural awareness training;
  • Celebrating National Reconciliation Week by assisting Reconciliation WA with their Reconciliation Week Breakfast as volunteers, holding an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film viewing with our internal staff, participating in the Walk for Reconciliation and having a banner on St Georges Terrace as a part of the 2019 Street Banner project;
  • Attending two independent film screenings relating to Indigenous rights and reconciliation;
  • Providing pro bono services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations;
  • Liaising with Aboriginal consultant Dr. Richard Walley OAM regarding the use of the Noongar Six Season methodologies;
  • Helping to assist member organisations to make their own commitment to reconciliation through the development of a RAP; and
  • Advocating for a World Centre for Indigenous Culture in Perth. The emphasis of this would be First Nation cultures and living continuous practice and would combine a curatorial method of presenting Indigenous art, culture and artefacts and an immersive approach to representing language, performance, food and tradition.

Read our Innovate Reconciliation Plan 2019-2021.


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