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Our Commitment to Reconciliation

UnitingCare West recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ special and unique spiritual connection to lands, waters and Country. We value the oldest continuing culture in the world and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.

We also acknowledge that past policies and exclusions experienced by communities, families and their children have had negative impacts on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples past and present.

UnitingCare West will play an active role in reconciliation by demonstrating empathy, respect, inclusiveness, integrity and commitment. We are committed to proactively engaging with Aboriginal Peoples and communities to improve the delivery of culturally respectful and appropriate services. It is our intent to be a sought after place of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

We launched our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018 on 1 July 2016.  We are on the journey towards Reconciliation.

For more information or feedback, contact our RAP Working Group on rap@unitingcarewest.org.au.

Document available to download here: UCW Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 

 

The UnitingCare West RAP Artwork

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The UnitingCare West RAP Artwork has been created by Aboriginal artist Dale Tilbrook, a Wardandi Bibbulmun woman from the South West of Western Australia. The five main colour blocks serve the dual purpose of representing the core values of UnitingCare West and at the same time reflecting the refreshed brand for the organisation. Within these colour blocks are Aboriginal symbols depicting the core values of UnitingCare West being incorporated into policy and actions. As these are shared with the community, they are picked up and embedded further into the community.

The “U” shapes represent people meeting. At first it is just UnitingCare West staff, a single colour. The introduction of different colours in the groups shows staff involvement with community members, who then meet with others and so on. The final groups do not include the colours used for staff members, the implication being that the values of the organisation flow through and are adopted by the community. The use of the spiral also symbolises the continuum of sharing values and influencing community outcomes, with the large dots representing community.