Our Reconciliation Commitment
We acknowledge the Aboriginal Peoples as the Traditional Owners of the Countrys on which our schools and offices are located. We also acknowledge the Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Owners of the Torres Strait Islands.
We pay our respects to Ancestors, Elders and leaders of the future, as well as to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the EREA community.
Edmund Rice Education Australia values the spiritual connectedness and relatedness to Country and to all living systems of the world’s oldest, continuous living cultures – Sovereign Countrys never ceded.
We value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowings, and recognise and honour their stories, cultures and achievements, as we walk together for mutual liberation and a truth-telling history for all Australians. In this spirit, we are accepting the invitation contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to listen to the First Peoples of Australia and to work together 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 launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to support and guide our reconciliation journey. The three pillars of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities are core to this journey.
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The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a strategic framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement.
The Cultural Practice Tool has been developed to assist the EREA community in how they respectfully engage and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
EREA strategy to promote employment and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Narragunnawaili supports schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
EREA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
The Pillars of EREA’s Innovate RAP
We will develop relationships with and commit to building knowledge and understanding of the deep histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.
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.