Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our schools and offices are placed. We are inspired and nurtured by the wisdoms, spiritualities and experiences of our First Nations Peoples. Together we work actively for reconciliation, justice, equity and healing.

Since 2009, the EREA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy has guided and informed EREA in the development of initiatives, programs and goals for promoting Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition as a genuine option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. In 2014, EREA released its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Response following a full review of the previous policy. In 2019, EREA launches its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to support to guide our reconciliation journey. The three pillars of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities are core to this journey.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) proudly presents our first National Office Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. EREA schools are a diverse collection of educational centres offering a liberating education, based upon a Gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity. These schools reflect the diversity of the Australian community – early learning, primary and secondary, all-boys and co-education, alternative education, boarding schools, education for those with disabilities and for refugees, inner-city, urban, rural and remote schools.

Within the global concept of solidarity, our schools are called to live out the radical message of love and inclusion particularly in regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, refugees, people of other faiths, races, sexual orientation and gender.

This hope for transformation calls EREA communities into critical reflection, ensuring that the vision of Edmund Rice is lived out faithfully within the agenda of the world.

Innovate RAP
EREA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a strategic framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. It includes practical actions that will further drive EREA’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which we operate.

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Cultural Practice
Cultural Practice
To assist the EREA community on the journey of reconciliation, this Cultural Practice tool has been developed. It provides guidelines for all in the EREA community, including those in offices and schools, in how they respectfully engage/work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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The Pillars of EREA Innovate RAP
RAP - Relationships
Relationships
We will develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities, and commit to building knowledge and understanding of the deep histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. We are committed to empowering our organisation to build sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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RAP - Respect
Respect
Respect is fundamental to our reconciliation pathways and is a key factor to developing positive relationships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We will ensure that we build awareness, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Peoples by embracing the histories, knowledge and lessons they share.

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RAP - Opportunities
Opportunities
Fostering equal and equitable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is essential to realising reconciliation. Our aim is to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through employment, community engagement and building business capability.

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For more information contact info@erea.edu.au or phone 03 9426 3200

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