CWH Reflect RAP (Reconciliation action plan)
Why a RAP?
CWH believes it has a role to play in building a pathway for Reconciliation. This requires a good understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) culture and history as well as contemporary issues.
RAPs help us, as a sector, ensure that we are working with and being guided by ATSI people on making sure our housing services are culturally safe and accessible, and that we are playing a role in addressing the dispossession, disadvantage and hardship faced by ATSI peoples.
Getting good advice
With help from Reconciliation Australia and others along the way, we are developing our very own CWH Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
As a start, all CWH staff undertook cultural awareness training in January which was facilitated by the NSW Community Housing Industry Association NSW. The purpose of this training was to educate staff and find out what gaps we had an understanding of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Beginning the journey
We are at the very beginning of a long journey in which we aim to understand and embed cultural perspectives in our organisation. To begin we are focusing on documenting what we are currently doing.
We are starting by working with others to write our RAP. We are also looking for an Aboriginal artist that is also a CWH resident that would like to be part of the creative process of putting together the CWH Reflect RAP.
Please get in contact with René McKenzie-Low, Head of Community and External Engagement on 8584 7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned to find out more about our RAP journey!
Credit: Jasmine Sarin