YWCA Canberra is committed to working towards reconciliation, which is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community, for the benefit of all Australians.
“For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken.
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.” – Reconciliation Australia
One of the ways we formalise our contribution to reconciliation is through our Reconciliation Action Plan, or RAP for short.
Designed by Reconciliation Australia, RAPs help organisations build positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community. They provide a framework for the future, detailing the specific actions and measurable targets organisations commit to in order to progress reconciliation.
YWCA Canberra has developed and implemented RAPs for more than a decade:
Through our current RAP we demonstrate the principles and practices of reconciliation in our everyday business and set ambitious targets to grow our contribution to our community. We are currently working on our third Stretch RAP in collaboration with our staff, stakeholders and local community.