The City of Cockburn’s Reconciliation Action Plan provides the City with measurable actions that support the goal of closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
The City of Cockburn’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures. This vision is based on mutual respect and understanding. Our actions will contribute to the goal of closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. This is so that all people can be valued and participate fully in the Cockburn community.
Nidja City Cockburn baal djinang dandjoo-koorl moort-al warn moorditj kenyak yambo boola-boola dudjarak koordoodjinyal wer kaadadjiny. Ngaalang warn boorder-be dandidin djit kardakor Nyungar wer Torres Strait Islander wer warma noonakutt wagbella ali bandang moort baalap booder-be yokiny wer banga Cockburn moort.
(Nyungar language translation by Sealin Garlett & Charmaine Bennell)
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience vast differences in health, education, employment and standards of living compared to non-Aboriginal people.
Reconciliation is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians working together to overcome these inequalities and make this community inclusive and equitable for everyone.
The purpose of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is to turn good intentions into measurable actions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve equality in all aspects of life – a goal which benefits all Australians.
The City of Cockburn’s RAP has been developed in consultation with the RAP steering group made up of City staff, residents and representatives of the Aboriginal community. In addition, consultations were held with the public, and specific groups including:
- My Time, Our Time Aboriginal parenting group
- Walyalup Reconciliation Group
- City of Cockburn’s Aboriginal Reference Group
Reconciliation is an ongoing process. The City has a genuine intent to work together with residents of our diverse community and to make a difference where there is still inequity.
The City has had two Reconciliation Action Plans to date, spanning 2011-2013 and 2013-2016. A third RAP is currently under development and will be launched in 2017.
The City has a Steering Group which meets about three times a year to be informed of City issues and to discuss and contribute to the Reconciliation Action Plan and related activities and actions. The Steering Group welcomes the involvement of community members. Please contact the City for more information about this.
The City celebrates Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3) each year with a Flag Raising ceremony and other activities. Please see the Events Calendar or contact the City for more information. The City hosts various Reconciliation activities, such as the Bush Babies art exhibition, throughout the City.
Please contact the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for more information on the Reconciliation Action Plan or Reconciliation activities or events on 08 9411 3444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.