YWCA Canberra is committed to working towards Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. An integral part of this is developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
We launched our first RAP at our Annual General Meeting in October 2009, followed by our second Reconciliation Action Plan (2011 – 2013), our Stretch RAP (2014-2016). Most recently, we launched our second Stretch RAP at a special event at our Lanyon Youth and Community Centre.
A stretch RAP indicates that YWCA Canberra has embedded the principles and practices of reconciliation in our everyday business. Through the stretch RAP, we are able to focus on increasing activities and setting more ambitious targets.
A RAP is a tool designed by Reconciliation Australia to help organisations to build positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community. It provides us with a framework for the future, detailing steps and priorities to achieve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our RAP formalises our commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians and identifies clear actions and targets to meet in this work.