Reconciliation

Jo Pappas at Heart of Thornbury Makers Market

Reconciliation Action Plan

Bridge Darebin is situated on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners of this land. As a neighbourhood house with many aspects to our business, we have a range of training opportunities, education and community support programs that we are working on to make more inclusive and accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Bridge Darebin recognises that addressing ongoing injustices as a result of colonialism will benefit the entire community.  

We recognise that in order to do this, we need to do some internal work to understand First Nations’ cultures and cultural protocols, the impacts of colonisation and Bridge Darebin’s historical position as a white-run organisation on stolen Wurundjeri land. Through our Reflect RAP we hope to build on existing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and extend community outreach. 

CEO message:

With the completion of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, Bridge Darebin will remain committed to truth-telling and supporting the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to self-determination. We will play our part through our Children’s Services, Adult Education, regular events and social enterprise to keep the conversations going. To increase understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights.  We commit further to undertaking this reflection upon the organisations position and evaluate where we can deliver on reconciliation aims and commit to doing so within an identified timeframe. 

Resources:

We have compiled this short guide to quality resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and histories. It is in no way comprehensive but reflects some of the sources Bridge Darebin staff recommend. The purpose of this list is to assist you to educate yourself more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and histories; there are a few books specifically about ally-ship also included. Download our short guide here.

Download Bridge Darebin’s Reflect RAP Document