Journal article from RAPSWG- June 2024 - Lord Somers Camp and Power House

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Journal article from RAPSWG- June 2024

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. At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document with practical plans for action and it sets out how an organisation is committing to contribute to reconciliation with First Nations People. This document is based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, and provides tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.

The Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse mission to have a diverse, and member-led, organisation that serves our members to gain life-changing experiences in a fun and supporting environment is, at the core, what this RAP is about. For example, We aim to establish a mentoring program that provides First Nation youth with work experience, upholding our mission to provide life changing experiences for these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. The RAP document aligns with LSC&PH’s vision of a stronger and more inclusive society through the service of others, by ensuring equitable procedures are in place in application processes for our flagship programs.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is happening Monday 27 May – 3 June, and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. NRW provides a focus for working towards our goal of a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, and is an ideal time for community groups and organisations to advance understanding of reconciliation within their own place and lives.

The NRW theme for 2024, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue. There have been many moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey that make us want to turn away. But when things are divisive, the worst thing we can do is disengage or disconnect. Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. Now more than ever, the work continues. In treaty making, in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education, and in tackling racism. We need connection. We need respect. We need action. And we need change.  

We hope you will join us in taking our first steps in the journey to reconciliation and your support is appreciated in this endeavour. Chaired by Wiradjuri Woman, Matisse Knight, the RAP sub working group (RAPSWG) intends to create a more equitable environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our organisation. If you have any questions, please email chair.rapswg@lordsomerscamp.org.au

-Reconciliation Action Plan Sub Working Group

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