Goodstart Coopers Plains

Early learning service
September 2021 to September 2022

Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and a national culture that represents equality and equity, historical acceptance of our shared history and removal of negative race relations. Reconciliation lives in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At Goodstart Coopers Plains this is represented by equitable educational opportunities and outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This too being an inclusive and diverse workplace that is not just culturally safe, but culturally rich and honoured. We are committed to working in a respectful way with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities.

Goodstart Coopers Plains will commit to: -Recognise the diverse and active nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.  -Acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ deep connections with lands, waters and communities.

Our vision for a reconciled Australia is a place where:

-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultures are cherished, respected and affirmed across all areas of society. -Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ rights are recognised and protected under Australian Law. -Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and all children, have the equal and equitable opportunities to acknowledge and respect their choices about the way in which they lead meaningful, healthy lives, including those which withstand their cultures.

We acknowledge the RAP is a continuous process and we will add to it and grow individually and as a team. Our commitment reflects our values of respect for diversity, inclusion, advocating the rights of children, justice and courage.  It is our goal that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage is embedded respectfully and deeply in the future that it is engrained in our being, belonging and becoming within our service philosophy and curriculum approaches.

Goodstart Coopers Plains supports meaningful reconciliation through our open and welcome approach to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and families of other cultures.  We are committed to sourcing and attending opportunities to increase staff and community awareness of the historical and continuing contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As we grow in our understanding and ongoing respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, we will develop a deep appreciation of Australia’s cultural heritage and move towards strong connections between ALL of Australia as a nation on the land which we play together.

 This will lead to outcomes reflective of an Australia with an Identity based on mutual respect and trust to support reconciliation.