Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that embraces unity between First Nations peoples and other Australians, embedded in a shared national identity that represents equality and equity, and underpinned by acceptance of our shared history.
In the context of our organisation, this represents equal health outcomes for members of First Nations communities in south eastern NSW, and an inclusive and diverse workplace that is culturally safe, culturally rich, and proud.
We acknowledge that reconciliation is a journey based on deep understanding of lived histories, cultural knowledges, and the developing mutual respect. Building on the learnings of our Reflect RAP, we have focused on deepening our understanding of the reconciliation process, cultivating relationships, welcoming truth telling and identifying opportunities to gain better understanding.
In doing so, we have recognised the circumstances of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ill-health and accessibility as they relate to historical impact, colonisation, and dispossession. We understand the importance of responding with culturally appropriate models of care, designed by and with the people who will use them. With focused engagement in the reconciliation process, our aim is to foster respectful and safe environments for participation and promote inclusivity across all that we do. This is understood as a whole-of-organisation responsibility.
In our Innovate RAP, we wish to acknowledge the dedication of the Innovate RAP working group for their commitment to this important work. We particularly acknowledge the generosity shown by the First Nations members of the RAP working group in truth telling and for guiding us through an authentic process.
This Innovate RAP is our commitment to the organisations and communities we work with to be truthful in our work together with a vision to progress and celebrate health, well-being and equity for and with First Nations peoples. We look forward to sharing the experiences of our journey over the next 24 months.
Including our sacred sites, our cultural heritage, our waters, our animals, our bush medicines, our traditional practices, our health but most importantly heal us as First Nations people, through all the pain and suffering we have endured through generation to generation. Our children and our people deserve a better future.
My painting is all those things:
My name is Rhiannon Chapman. I’m 22 years old and I’m from the Djiringanj Yuin nation on the Far South Coast of NSW. My grandmother Karen Pittman was born and raised in Bega and my grandfather Samuel ‘Marko’ Chapman was born in Berry and raised on Wreck Bay.
My grandfather’s family [the Chapman’s] were brought up on a small Aboriginal community mission [Wreck Bay]. The Chapman’s were one of the first families on the mission back then. My great grandmother Violet Gordan was originally
from Brewarrina out in western NSW on Ngemba country.
My father and my partner’s grandmother inspire me to be the best artist I can be. I aim to be a role model in my community and have the next generation to look up to me. I wish to make my people proud and make change to break the cycle. When I paint it gives me the sense of belonging and connection to culture, spirituality, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Being Aboriginal makes me PROUD!
Knowing we are walking in the footpaths of our ancestors. As a strong Aboriginal woman, it makes me feel confident and powerful. We are the oldest living culture on Earth, still living and breathing - how could we not be proud of who we are and where we come from?
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