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Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan launched as part of National Reconciliation Week
Connect Health & Community was proud to launch its ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan on Wednesday in the presence of local Boon Wurrong People, local councillors, partners, volunteers and staff.
In a moving event that began with a traditional smoking ceremony, CEO, Amanda Murphy said the launch of the Action Plan reflected the theme of this year’s Reconciliation Week, ‘Grounded in truth: walk together with courage’.
“The significance of truth as part of reconciliation reflects that the key to all effective relationships is open and honest truth between partners. This theme promotes fostering positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the broader Australian community,” Ms Murphy said.
The event featured a ‘Welcome to Country’ by Boon Wurrong Foundation CEO, Gheran Steel and was attended by members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who contributed to the RAP, Irene Morris, Kathryn Morris and Eve Caplan, with support of Chris Edmonds and Anna Tesoriero.
Elder Steel spoke of the values of Aboriginal deity Bunjil and their relevance in today’s society as we work towards reconciliation.
He also spoke of his gratitude for the infinite efforts of his ancestors for their tireless hard work on behalf of all indigenous people.
“We are privileged to be able to stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us, who managed to hold it all together despite all the adversity they were facing,” he said.
The launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan was concluded with performances by Connect Health & Community receptionist, Anna and her daughter Zoe who sang passionate tributes to Australian and Torres Strait Islander indigenous communities.
The Action Plan will now provide a framework for Connect Health & Community’s reconciliation activities over the coming 12 months.
You can watch videos of the touching launch of the Action Plan on Facebook through this link.
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