Australia’s National Reconciliation Week 2021 has begun. This year’s theme is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action — and our main action is the development of our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), available here and soon to be published on the Reconciliation Australia website.
The RAP process is all about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. The vision of reconciliation is based on five interrelated aspects: historical acceptance, race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, and unity. This year marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of the country’s formal reconciliation process.
Lovell Chen’s RAP Champion, practice principal Anne-Marie Treweeke explains further: “We have committed ourselves to developing a RAP because we see it as our ethical duty to ensure we take a best-practice approach to cultural awareness. The projects we work on are on land that was never ceded by its Traditional Owners, and we know that we have an important role to play in reconciliation.”
You can find out more about National Reconciliation Week, and how to get involved, by visiting www.reconciliation.org.au
Participation in National Reconciliation Week is a key deliverable of the Reflect RAP, and we will be attending a number of virtual and in-person events across the week.
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