I was proud to be present during the launch of the University of Newcastle's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during NAIDOC Week. At the same time, the community gathered and we spent the afternoon restoring the artwork of Birabahn at the Wollotuka Institute.
The RAP details and supports the university's commitment to Indigenous initiatives which focuses on the pillars of respect, relationships, and opportunities and includes the priorities of embedding cultural capability across the university, being a community leader in reconciliation, supporting economic independence and Indigenisation of the curriculum, and developing the 'Culturally responsive' Graduate Attribute.
The plan also aims to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and knowledges and to have an honest understanding of shared histories. The RAP was officially launched by Uncle Dr Ray Kelly, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky, who encouraged everyone to get involved and play their part as they implement the actions across the university.