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Council acknowledges and recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia.
Our previous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was developed in consultation with the Council Reconciliation Working Party.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan consolidates our long-standing commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our reconciliation initiatives have been combined into a single plan using Reconciliation Australia's RAP template.
We will enter into a process of negotiation to seek and record the views of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about reconciliation and other key issues.
We will promote our support of reconciliation to increase public awareness and understanding of the reconciliation process and, in particular, to ensure that the mainstream community is aware of the culture and legitimate aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Individual initiatives such as Council's Reconciliation Vision Statement and National Sorry Day Acknowledgment are developed collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and organisations.
We are committed to working for true reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Reconciliation cannot be achieved while the huge disparity in health, well-being and life chances between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians continues to exist.
We have and will continue to join with other organisations across the Canterbury-Bankstown area and the Australian community to help close the gaps in life expectancy and opportunities and see it as a national priority for governments at all levels, as well as for Australian society as a whole.
The Reconciliation Action Plan involves a number of actionable steps including regular meetings and events, efforts for inclusion, actively trying to improve lives, training and reporting.
For more information, call Council's Community Development Officer Turkan Aksoy on 9707 9863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org