Our Commitment to Reconciliation
ConnectGroups commits itself to the path of reconciliation and to reflect and progress it in our daily work and in the values that underpin what we do.
Our commitment is real and inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart – to walk alongside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island brothers and sisters in a movement of the Australian peoples for a better future.
Some practical steps toward promoting reconciliation include:
Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Real reconciliation can be achieved through a process of truth-telling about our collective history, both nationally and locally, honestly assessing not only our shared history of colonisation and dispossession but also by recognising the resilience and self-determination of our First Peoples and their cultures.
Australians recognise, understand, and accept the wrongs of the past and the impact of these wrongs on First Peoples. Historical acceptance cannot occur without truth-telling.
Be An Ally
Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, and cultures, be informed, reject stereotypes, and call out disrespectful behaviours. Progress social justice outcomes. Get involved, celebrate National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks.
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses and Employment Opportunities
Increase supplier diversity and where practical, support local businesses by purchasing from legitimate sources supporting the principle of Aboriginal economic development and contributing to the economic prosperity of Aboriginal peoples.
Improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by providing professional development, recruiting, mentoring, and learning opportunities.
RAP Working Group
ConnectGroups’ RAP Working Group is tasked with tracking the progress of the RAP implementation, ensuring that each activity furthers reconciliation, is meaningful, and culturally safe, and ensures an effective process to seek out the views and perspectives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
ConnectGroups is privileged to have Cindy Ballard and Gloria Miller contributing to its reconciliation journey as members of the Working Group.
Cindy Ballard is the Chairperson of Ngalla Yorga Waangkan Aboriginal Corporation which promotes culture, social and emotional wellbeing, and activities to overcome social isolation for women in the City of Kwinana. Cindy was the City of Kwinana 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year, honoured for her dedication and leadership within the community.
Gloria Miller is the founder of Harmoni House, an Aboriginal community hub in the City of Armadale which supports, assists and engages the community through a variety of activities and programs and where people can feel a sense of belonging in a culturally safe and supportive environment.