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The Infants’ Home is excited to begin developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan

- June 12, 2015

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) documents what an organisation will do, within their day to day operations, to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. A RAP describes the practical ways in which an organisation will build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and we are very excited to be embarking on this journey for the first time.

The Infants’ Home’s Social worker Alicia Paciocco and Gorton House director Nicky Roditis are leading the RAP project, and they are committed to engaging our staff, families and local community with the process and encouraging all to have ownership over it. The ABC recently reported that RAPs, which have now been signed by almost 600 organisations across Australia, are playing an important trole in helping to close the gap in employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Alicia and Nicky recently attended the Reconciliation Symposium in Adelaide, which was hosted by Early Childhood Australia. One of the key messages of the Symposium was that building and nurturing strong relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is central to our national identity and wellbeing.

Alicia, Nicky and Murray House Director Vin Christanto, also attended Ashfield Council’s Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) celebration which was held to acknowledge and continue reconciliation efforts.

The development of The Infant’s Home’s RAP will be an inclusive and consultative process, and we hope that you can be a part of this journey. For more information about Reconcilation and RAPs, click here.

  

(L): Too Deadly perform a traditional Aboriginal dance at Ashfield Council's Reconciliation Week event; (R): Too Deadly pictured with The Infants' Home staff (from right at back) Alicia, Nicky and Vin (front right)

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