National Reconciliation Week 2021
As part of our ongoing reconciliation journey, we’re proud to mark National Reconciliation Week 2021!
Our journey began in 2018 when we reached out to our local Aboriginal communities to explore learning and partnership opportunities with Traditional Owners.
There are nine Aboriginal communities in our service region, including the three Registered Aboriginal Parties of Yorta Yorta Nation, the Taungurung Clans and Gunaikurnai Aboriginal Corporation. Also represented in our service region are the Dhudhuroa, Waveroo, Yaitmathang, Bangerang, Dhudhuroa-Waveroo and Wiradjuri communities.
In the last four years, we’ve taken the following steps on our reconciliation journey:
- Developed our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2020-21
- Implemented Aboriginal recognition protocols
- Provided cultural awareness training to all staff by a member of the Wiradjuri community
- Conducted cultural heritage assessments at three of our sites (registering several scar trees)
- Worked with the Dhudhuroa community for planned cultural burns at Baranduda
- Pursued targeted Aboriginal employment opportunities
- Welcomed an Aboriginal Independent Board Member in a 12-month internship program
- Participated in (and hosted) NAIDOC and National Reconciliation Week events, and
- Partnered with Murray Arts, Burraja Gallery and local government agencies to host three annual art exhibitions of Aboriginal art.
We recognise we have more to do and more learn, but we’re excited to be on this journey and to take another step towards an inclusive and just country.
Visit the official National Reconciliation Week website to find 20 ways you can take action on reconcilation.