Reflecting on our first year of reconciliation

Reporting on the ASC's Reflect RAP October 03, 2023

During the first phase of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey, known as the ‘Reflect’ stage, the Asylum Seekers Centre made significant progress in fostering reconciliation and celebrating Indigenous cultures, histories, and rights.

We began by hosting a RAP Launch Event featuring Indigenous artists and a Welcome to Country by Nadeena Dixon, marking a public commitment to reconciliation.

We moved forward by symbolically renaming several rooms within the Centre with Indigenous flora and fauna names, creating a culturally inclusive environment. Workshops and round table discussions engaged our Reconciliation Working Group (RWG) in brainstorming key commitments, challenges, and innovative solutions.

At ASC’s Human Rights Day event, Indigenous dance workshops enriched our community’s cultural understanding. We also invested in cultural learning initiatives, promoted reconciliation within our sphere of influence, implemented anti-discrimination strategies, and celebrated NAIDOC and Reconciliation Weeks, fostering respect and awareness of Indigenous cultures and histories within ASC and our community.

More recently, the ASC staff has been actively promoting the YES campaign for the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum. We attended educational workshops on the Uluru Statement, welcomed Inner West for YES representatives to an all-staff event, promoted the issue on our communications channels, and walked in the YES march in Redfern. The RAP team will continue to advocate for YES as we approach the referendum.

We aim to build on these achievements in subsequent RAP phases moving forward. You can read more about our first year in our Reflect Report.

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