CatholicCare Wollongong has unveiled its new reconciliation plan, which aims to establish an inclusive community where Indigenous people have a strong sense of belonging. Source: Illawarra Mercury.
The launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 on Wednesday marked a decade of CatholicCare’s engagement with the Aboriginal community. The plan aims to create “meaningful projects which are delivered in collaboration with our local community” and is endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
“Reconciliation is a journey of positive actions and consistency, motivated by authentic relationships built on respect and trust,” CatholicCare director Michael Austin said.
“CatholicCare predominantly self-funds the Reconciliation Action Plan and our Indigenous programs because we genuinely want to invest our resources, time and energy into collaborating with the Aboriginal community.
“As an organisation, and as individuals, we understand the importance of walking together with the Aboriginal community to foster genuine relationships and share knowledge.
“We are also learning important protocols of engagement on this journey.”
These relationships have helped create programs like Deadly SIBS (Siblings with a disability), which supports Aboriginal children who have a sibling with a chronic illness or disability.
This year, CatholicCare also began hosting an Elders Group at the Wollongong site, to provide a safe place for connecting and sharing of cultural traditions and customs.
Reconciliation Plan Launch (CatholicCare Wollongong)