The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory has published its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
“Reconciliation Action Plans provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. RAPs create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians” (www.reconciliation.org.au/raphub/).
The Salvation Army’s RAP states:
“Through reconciliation, The Salvation Army acknowledges the First Nation peoples of Australia as the traditional custodians. We further acknowledge and pay our respects to past and present Elders, giving thanks for their wisdom which has sustained their people since the beginning of time and we pledge to support future generations”.
“Our current involvement in establishing a RAP gives a firm commitment to discover ongoing ways of positive involvement in the journey of reconciliation and to act upon it in inclusive action. We must ‘walk the walk’ of reconciliation and not just ‘talk the talk’, therefore we are establishing actions and targets that will take us further on the journey. To continue to foster understanding, togetherness and sensitivity in our onward journey of respect, relationships and meaningful opportunities for, and with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” (p. 2)
The Salvation Army Australian Eastern Territory’s RAP was produced through a process of collaboration with personnel from The Salvation Army Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry Team as well as representatives from Corps, Social and Divisional areas. A diversity of ages and gender, with close to 200 participants, were involved in its development. The RAP can be viewed at the link below: