Members join push toward reconciliation
Members have joined the push toward reconciliation by attending a Reconciliation in Schools Workshop, jointly run by our union and Reconciliation Australia, at The Murri School in Acacia Ridge on 16 July 2015.
The workshop provided an opportunity for members to learn more about designing and implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in their school as well as a forum to share their own stories about Indigenous education.
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.
Representatives from Reconciliation Australia led discussion at the workshop, which included a briefing on their new Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning Program.
IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt, who coordinates our union’s Yarning Up events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, said the workshop was well-attended and received positive feedback from those involved.
“Feedback from the workshop participants was very positive. By attending the workshop, these members have gained valuable insights into supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their commitment to advancing reconciliation in their schools ensures that Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are able to move forward,” Adele said.
“This is important information that they can feedback to colleagues.”
- Read more about Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning Program
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More about RAPs and Narragunnawali
The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program was launched in 2006 as a forward-looking aspect of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.
The goal of the RAP program is to achieve greater equality through encouraging organisations to identify, and commit to, concrete, practical actions that build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Indigenous peoples and other Australians.
The framework specifies actions in three key areas:
Any organisation can develop and lodge a RAP in consultation with Reconciliation Australia.
Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people meaning peace, alive, wellbeing and coming together.
The Ngunnawal people are Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is designed to support the 21,000+ early childhood, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Participating schools will be assisted to find meaningful ways to increase respect; reduce prejudice; and strengthen relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
School Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) provide a school-based model for action using Reconciliation Australia’s existing reconciliation framework (Relationships, Respect and Opportunities). This is combined with a school-specific framework featuring actions in the classroom, around the school and with the community.
The tool provides your school with a usable, whole school framework based on a commitment to do the hard work and create positive school environments through:
- establishing a working group
- completing a school reflection survey
- adding actions to their RAP
- continuing to revisit the plan and ensure actions are being implemented.