Our Journey Towards Reconciliation
Taking The First Step
We are glad to showcase this significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to meaningful and respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2023-2024 serves as our strategic roadmap for creating a more inclusive future.
Reconciliation Matters to Us
Our journey began with recognizing the Nyungar peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land where the Wetlands Centre operates. We then understood the need to incorporate this recognition into our larger mission to promote the conservation of wetlands and foster community education.
This RAP is our commitment to a more inclusive, equitable, and harmonious future. We believe that our Reflect RAP is not only a foundation for the Centre but a stepping stone for the community we serve.
Steering Our Path
To ensure that we're guided by the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we've enlisted the wisdom of Marie Taylor, our Elder in Residence. Alongside Marie, our advisories include senior stakeholders and members from the local Aboriginal community. Together, we're committed to a set of deliverables to enrich our understanding and practices.
Building a Reconciliation Culture
Beyond formal documentation, we aim for real-world changes: from increasing cultural competency among our staff to actively involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in educational activities. We have established relationships and connections with local Indegenous stakeholders, amplifying shared concerns and solutions.
The Road Ahead
Our Reflect RAP is just the beginning. We're eager to delve into this enriching journey, learning and unlearning along the way, always striving for a more respectful, inclusive, and equitable Australia.