Our vision for reconciliation is to build a diverse and cohesive community that welcomes all its members and recognises the value that each member brings.
We acknowledge the original ownership and custodianship of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their continuing cultures and the valuable contribution Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to our contemporary society.
We acknowledge the hurt, dislocation and disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a result of colonisation. We seek to help redress some of that disadvantage through our programs. We also acknowledge the advantages and benefits that can result from reconciliation, and how this can enhance our programs.
The first RAP for WCS was released in 2011. We have had two updates since and are currently working on our fourth RAP, to be released early in 2021.
Since 2011, there have been many activities and achievements, changing the organisation to have a greater appreciation of the issues faced by First Nations peoples and how the work of WCS can contribute to reconciliation. The challenge for the next RAP is to review the achievements and challenges of the past to be able to create a plan that will take us into the tenth year of our journey with new energy and direction.
The RAP Working Group meets monthly to continue this journey. The RAP Working Group is co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officer and a First Nations employee. Membership of the group is open to all WCS employees, drawing members across all service lines and levels.