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Our Reconciliation vision

Our vision for Reconciliation is for an Australia of equality where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians can walk side-by-side, acknowledging the past, but looking to the future.

We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have suffered immeasurable harm since colonisation.

The dispossession of land, genocide, removal of children and the ongoing failures of justice have severely damaged their cultures, family systems, languages and spirit.

This harm has been done to strong, proud and resilient peoples from many diverse nations.

We recognise and admire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for their histories spanning tens of thousands of years.

We value and celebrate cultures that derive spiritual strength from the relationship with, and care of land, the strength of family and community systems and the storylines of proud and resilient peoples.

Our Reconciliation framework

To realise our vision for reconciliation, we’re using a framework guided by Reconciliation Victoria and Reconciliation Australia. The framework includes:

  • a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – a practical action plan built on meaningful relationships, enhanced respect and sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • an Aboriginal Advisory Group – a group that oversees the development and implementation of a Reconciliation Action Plan.

You can learn more about the RAP program on Reconciliation Australia’s RAP page.

Our Reflect RAP

Front cover: Reflect RAP by Jesuit Social Services 2016-17We launched Reflect RAP by Jesuit Social Services, 2016-2017 in June 2016.

Our Reflect RAP commits to 16 specific actions, comprised of over 60 individual tasks, within the 2016-17 period.

It is the first step on our journey to identify relationships, respect and opportunities specific to our business and sphere of influence.