Youth Coalition of the ACT Reconciliation Action Plan 2013-14
Our Vision For Reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is to improve opportunities, equality and wellbeing amongst young people and in the youth sector. The Youth Coalition of the ACT celebrates diversity and the contribution of Australia’s first people with an ongoing commitment to establish relationships, respect, acknowledge and learn about the traditional custodianship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
The Youth Coalition of the ACT’s RAP was developed to formalise the organisation’s long-term commitment to reconciliation. Many of the actions presented in the RAP have been in place for a number of years informally, and current staff and the board were motivated to implement a document that demonstrates their commitment to acknowledge and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture. All staff and the board were invited to join a RAP working group after a Youth Coalition of the ACT staff meeting in July 2013, and a RAP working group of seven Youth Coalition staff and board members was formed. The working group commenced meetings in August 2013, and met every two weeks over a two month period to write the RAP. The Deputy Director of the Youth Coalition chaired these meetings. The RAP was developed in consultation with Reconciliation Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members of the ACTCOSS Gulunga program. The RAP was launched in November 2013, to coincide with the ACT Youth Affairs Conference.
Our reconciliation journey is not over. We look forward to continuing to build our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and we see the Reconciliation Action Plan as a significant step forward in this journey.