The guiding information below responds to some frequently asked questions about writing your Vision for Reconciliation.
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What is a Vision for Reconciliation?
A Vision for Reconciliation is an aspirational statement that publicly articulates to the wider community what reconciliation means to your school or early learning service. You can also include what motivates your school or service’s commitment to reconciliation.
When writing your Vision for Reconciliation, there is also an option to include a statement in your RAP that acknowledges the Country your school or early learning service is located on, and that pays respect to Elders and Traditional Custodians past and present. To support the development of this statement, consider engaging with the information and resources on the Acknowledgement of Country RAP Action page. As the statement will appear in your printed RAP document, you are encouraged to write a whole-school/service Acknowledgement, and to reference the context of the statement’s development.
Play close attention to the use of respectful and inclusive language and terminology and actively consider the cultural safety of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people reading the Vision statement and/or contributing to its development/review, including representatives from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, upon submission of your RAP.
Who should write our school or early learning service's Vision for Reconciliation?
To support institutional integrity, you should collaboratively develop your Vision for Reconciliation statement with your RAP Working Group and wider learning community. However, only the Chair/s of your RAP Working Group can enter and edit your Vision for Reconciliation within the Narragunnawali platform.
What resources are available to support the development of our Vision for Reconciliation statement?
To develop your Vision for Reconciliation statement and have it ready for Reconciliation Australia's Narragunnawali team to review, take a look at:
• What is your Vision for Reconciliation? professional learning resource
• Guide to using respectful and inclusive language and terminology, with active consideration of the cultural safety of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people reading the Vision statement and/or contributing to its development/review, including representatives from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, upon submission of your RAP.
• Other institutions' Vision statements shared through the Who has a RAP? map
A strong Vision for Reconciliation is usually:
• personalised and localised
• shaped by active engagement with the school or early learning service’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider local community
• based on careful and critical reflection, but forward-thinking and aspirational in nature, not simply logging existing activities and achievements
• strengths-based – not focussed on close-the-gap-type aspirations, but recognises the successes and continued potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and contributions in shaping educational (and wider) outcomes
• a holistic picture of what the school or early learning service hopes to achieve through reconciliation initiatives, rather than a summary of individual RAP Actions committed to.
Your Vision for Reconciliation statement should recognise:
• reconciliation is an ongoing and multi-dimensional process – The State of Reconciliation in Australia report (both the 2016 and 2021 iterations, and the discussion guide) has information on the interrelated dimensions that drive it forward
• reconciliation in Australia is about more than celebrating multiculturalism or promoting human rights and equal opportunities on a broad level.
In your Vision for Reconciliation, highlight the particular place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s reconciliation journey. Your Vision must point to the significance of recognising and respecting the histories, cultures and contributions of First Nations peoples as part of our shared national story and identity.
Reinforce the importance of reconciliation for all Australians. Remember that reconciliation is not a matter of ‘us’ and ‘them’. It needs genuine and meaningful two-way relationships between non-Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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