Since 2006, Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) have enabled organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.
Flinders University first developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2020 committing to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, students, staff and the community, knowledge systems and perspectives.
The CNHS RAP Action Plan has a central objective to raise awareness among staff and students about cultural and social issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the job of reconciliation that we as the descendants of the colonisers have to do. The CNHS RAP works to:
· Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategies and cultural perspectives are embedded within our college.
· Respond to the deliverables in the Flinders University RAP. The deliverables are measured and reported annually to the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement.
· Host events for staff and students, especially around National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week.
· Celebrate significant dates on the First Nations calendar.
· Promote social responsibility and accountability, underpinned by truth telling, mutual respect and understanding.
As a working group we look forward to working with the college community to achieve these goals and embed reconciliation processes and practices into our teaching, learning and research.
Many active members, both permanent and casual staff, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, from many disciplines and levels across the College, are all contributing to activating the college reconciliation action plan.
If you would like to join the RAP Working Group, please contact Nina Sivertsen.