Anglicare acknowledges Aboriginal Australians as the First People and traditional Custodians of this land. It acknowledges the injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a result of colonisation, by the Government and the Church. It also recognises the continued inequalities experienced by Australia’s first people on all of the socio economic life indicators.
Anglicare will work in partnership with Aboriginal people in ways that:
- Celebrates and affirms the culture and heritage of Indigenous Australians;
- Assists in ‘Closing the Gap’ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and other Australians in areas of health and wellbeing; and
- Contributes to the capacity of Indigenous people and their communities.
Anglicare’s new Reconciliation Action Plan is under the final stages of revision and will be released in the coming months.
Anglicare has made a commitment as an organisation to create an environment of cultural safety.
Cultural safety is “an environment that is safe for people, where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect…..and truly listening” (Williams, 2012)
To achieve this, Anglicare is working toward embedding cultural safety within policies and procedures, values, vision and strategic plan. This whole organisation approach, works to affirm the identity of Aboriginal people, families and communities.
Wise Practice is a framework of care that affirms the identity of Aboriginal people, families and communities.
Wise Practice is derived from the inherent ‘Wisdom’ of Aboriginal ways of being and doing; uses only what is needed from Western culture. It is a framework of practice developed by and for first nations people.
Culture and heritage are at the centre of Wise Practice – Aboriginal ways of being and doing.
ABORIGINAL SERVICES DIRECTORY
It is a target of our Reconciliation Action Plan to develop a directory of Indigenous Services in our regions. Below are the directories for South Coast and Western NSW regions.