In 1998 ECU published a Statement of Reconciliation; its first expression of its commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The commitment was further articulated in the ECU Strategic Plan 1998-2002 and was restated as a ECU Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians. An over-arching ECU Equity Statement of Commitment was also produced, to articulate the University’s aims and aspirations for a supportive and inclusive learning environment and services to students, staff and the community.
ECU’s RAP journey began in 2010 through the leadership of the University’s Indigenous Consultative Committee (ICC), resulting in the launch of the inaugural plan (2011-2012) through to the latest, three year plan (2018-2021).
There have been a number of other high impact outcomes as a direct result of implementing ECU’s RAPs. The depth and breadth of these can be attributed to increased engagement of staff and students with the RAPs and increased and more effective internal and external partnership working. A few highlights include:
Building on these successes, achieving ECU’s vision for Reconciliation is being driven by our current three year Stretch RAP 2018-2021, launched in May 2018.
The 2018-2021 plan embeds and extends on ECU’s commitments and activities, with 36 RAP actions aligned to the RAP framework’s three key pillars: Relationships; Respect; and Opportunities.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Reconciliation Committee monitors the implementation and progress of the ECU Reconciliation Action Plan. The Committee meets quarterly and has representation from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and staff and from other students and staff across numerous areas and levels of the University.
By raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges and issues and by advocating for improved outcomes and reconciliation, ECU seeks to ensure that its students, staff and graduates make positive contributions to the sustainability and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
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