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Reconciliation in Action

Topics : Reconciliation
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

rap.pngOur union's initial Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in June 2016.

Across the life of this initial RAP we have:

  • Established a working group to monitor and report on the progress of the RAP;
  • Increased celebration and promotion of significant events including National Reconciliation Week, Close the Gap Day and NAIDOC Week;
  • Developed relationships with First Nations people, communities and organisations;
  • Supported the Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning program;
  • Held regular Yarning Circle meetings to facilitate networking opportunities and identify issues of significance to First Nations members; and
  • Initiated a Message Stick, which travelled across Queensland and the Northern Territory and created points of engagement with school communities to promote our RAP and the importance of reconciliation.

Our second RAP

Our union is currently finalising a second RAP, which will build on the foundations of our unitial RAP.

IEUA-QNT Research Officer and member of our union's RAP Work Group (pictured, below) Adele Schmidt said the second RAP was an opportunity to expand our work towards reconciliation.

“Our union’s initial RAP was an important acknowledgement of our ethical and professional responsibility to promote reconciliation internally as an organisation and to positively influence the next generation by working with members to support reconciliation within their school communities,” Ms Schmidt said.

“Our first RAP made significant progress on initial measures to promote reconciliation and we will now be looking to expand on this.”

Further reading

To learn more about Reconciliation Action Plans and their importance in the journey towards reconciliation, click here to visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
Message Stick
message_stick.pngAs part of the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan, a traditional Indigenous form of communication represented an important part of formally recognising Australia’s First Peoples.
The message stick was donated by IEUA-QNT member, Noonuccal woman and Quandamooka Elder, Thersa Nunn, to our union Council. The message stick made its way across Queensland and the Northern Territory, visiting schools and workplace and collecting stories and artefacts before returning to a permanent installation in our union's Brisbane office.
Reconciliation in schools

Narragunnawali.pngOur members are joining the push toward reconciliation by becoming involved in Narragunnawali, Reconciliation Australia's Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning program.

The program helps employees in schools to design and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in their workplace.

A RAP is an important document which provides concrete strategies to support reconciliation and includes meaningful, practical plans to develop relationships, show respect and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Further reading:

Yarning Circle

Our Yarning Circle provides an important networking opportunity for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and a forum to inform our campaining and advocacy.

The Yarning Circle meets four times over the course of the year.

If you'd like to know more about the Yarning Circle or register your interest in joining, please let us know via email to enquiries@qieu.asn.au or by phone 1800 177 938.

Click here for latest reconciliation website news and resources.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.