The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW completed its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in financial year 2020/21.
The first RAP covered the time from 2018 to 2020 and was an innovate RAP.
There are four types of RAP: reflect, innovate, stretch, and elevate – each with their own requirements that need to be approved by Reconciliation Australia.
Respectively, these four types are summarised as scoping, implementing, embedding, and leading reconciliation.
The Society chose to begin at the innovate level, rather than reflect.
Reflecting on the successes of our first RAP, some of the highlights include:
- The launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Retention Strategy
- Creation of the Gan na Aboriginal Cultural Awareness program which has been made available to all employees, members and volunteers
- Realignment of our state-wide RAP Working Group
- Establishing the Society’s Community Advisory group – it is named Bulbulwul Baya (using the Darug word for strong voice)
- Establishment of regional reconciliation working groups
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Retention Strategy has planned objectives and milestones through to September of 2022, at which point it is planned for a new strategy to be developed for 2023 onwards.
The Gan na cultural awareness program is a three-part series that aims to build awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
It focuses on the journey to recognition, respect, and reconciliation.
Throughout the financial year, the Society consultated with people throughout the Society and developed our next Reconciliation Action Plan, covering 2021-23.
The new Society RAP was submitted to Reconciliation Australia for approval in June 2021.