Feature Article - 2019-2021 RAP


This month the Committee launched its fifth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to guide our actions and initiatives for reconciliation between 2019 and 2021. We are proud of our long history of commitment to progressing reconciliation, as one of the first organisations in Australia to complete a RAP.

Our Innovate RAP 2019–2021 is the natural culmination of a number of actions and initiatives that we have implemented since the Board made a Statement of Commitment to reconciliation in 2009. Since this time, we have worked with the local Indigenous community to best inform our work on reconciliation, including:

  • Acknowledging the Noongar people as the Traditional Owners of the South West of Western Australia at each of our events, and now meetings, through the release of our fifth RAP;
  • The broadcasting of reconciliation news widely within our network, using events and our monthly newsletters as a platform to share positive progress;
  • The celebration of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) by all employees of the Committee, attending both internal and external community events;
  • Providing assistance to our membership organisations to make their own commitment to reconciliation through the development of a RAP;
  • Preparing a Welcome to Country guide that is distributed to all new members of the Committee, explaining the guiding principles of a Welcome to Country; and most importantly
  • Advocating for Perth to make the most of its unique position and create a World Centre for Indigenous Culture, which seeks to combine a curatorial method of presenting Indigenous art, culture and artefacts and a live interactive approach to represent performance, language, food and tradition.

During the process to develop our new Innovate RAP, the Committee investigated new ways in which it could make a positive difference to the Indigenous community. This resulted in the addition of six new actions and initiatives under the ‘Relationships’ focus area, which will see an increased focus on NRW activities and an increased number of relationships between the Committee for Perth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

In addition, our Innovate RAP contains four new targets under the ‘Respect’ focus area, which will see the Committee conduct research into additional ways of embedding respect for Indigenous culture throughout the organisation and in our operations. Excitingly, we have also committed to the development of a ‘How to’ guide for organisations to develop a RAP, which will be used to assist our members in starting their own reconciliation journey.

Finally, in undertaking our next major project, the Committee is going to understand, adopt and embed the Kaart, Koort, Waarnginy (Head, Heart, Talking) approach to ensure Indigenous practices are incorporated into all that we do.

Our Research Officer, Georgie Harford-Mills, can be contacted by any members wanting to understand more about the reconciliation process at Georgia.Harford-Mills@committeeforperth.com.au

Read our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021.  

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