Adhering to a commitment of reconciliation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the City of Canning has developed its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
The City launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at a Community Cultural Gathering event in December 2018 in collaboration with Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation. This event celebrated the accumulation of a wide range work that has been undertaken over the years including building partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
The City’s Reflect RAP was developed in collaboration with the Canning Reconciliation Action Group (CRGA) which was formed in May 2016 for the specific purpose of developing and implementing a RAP. The CRAG group features City staff from a range of program areas, community members and service providers who are represented by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This group has been fundamental in developing the City’s Reflect RAP and will continue to support its implementation over the next 12 months.
The Reflect RAP provides the City with a framework to prepare the organisation for ongoing reconciliation initiatives into the future. Commitment to the Reflect RAP focuses on developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, developing our vision for reconciliation and exploring our unique areas of influence before committing to specific actions or initiatives. This process will help to produce future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.
I am proud to share that the City of Canning has created its first Reconciliation Action Plan. Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan sets out the initial steps the City will take to prepare for continued reconciliation initiatives. By committing to this Reflect RAP, the City will spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, and defining our vision for reconciliation. This process will ensure our reconciliation journey is meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.
Canning has an ancient and rich Noongar history, and the endorsement of the City’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan will ensure the City’s reconciliation journey, and connection with its Aboriginal history continues.
I am excited about the City’s continued commitment toward reconciliation with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders and furthering our partnership with Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation.
(Mayor Paul Ng, Speech from Community Cultural Gathering 2018)