Our two-year Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) focuses on building respectful relationships and giving meaningful opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live well, work, be acknowledged as Australia’s First Peoples, and play a central role in our development.
We plan to achieve reconciliation by:
- acknowledging the special relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have as the Traditional Owners of this land
- creating an inclusive and engaged community where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel culturally safe
- increasing understanding of past injustices and their current impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We want this to facilitate healing to move us closer to a unified community with a shared future
- appreciating and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, histories and heritage, and the unique contribution they offer to the diversity of Glen Eira.
We approved our first RAP on Tuesday October 16 2018. This was developed with guidance and approval from Reconciliation Australia, who provide a structured approach. This approach builds understanding, activity and progress on reconciliation over time.
The stages for reconciliation plans include:
Each has minimum elements covering:
- Tracking our progress
We worked with an advisory group consisting of Traditional Owners from the Boon Wurrung Foundation, and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, workers and community leaders. This guided our development of the RAP and will continue to help its implementation.
Welcome to Country and Possum Cloak
Traditional owner and respected Elder of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs AM features in two videos: Welcome to Country and Possum Cloak produced for Glen Eira and released during NAIDOC Week 7 to 14 July 2019.
Welcome to Country includes the traditional welcome to the land that Glen Eira now sits on.
Possum Cloak provides an overview of the possum skin cloak and its cultural significance to our traditional land owners.
Indigenous Hip Hop at Bentleigh Secondary College
To celebrate NAIDOC Week an Indigenous Hip Hop workshop was held at Bentleigh Secondary College, put on in partnership with Glen Eira, Bentleigh Secondary College, Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership and Connect Health and Community.