FECCA is proud to share the consultation draft of our latest guide, Encouraging Engagement: A Guide for Multicultural Organisations to Engage in Reconciliation. This guide is designed for multicultural communities to start or extend their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples.
We believe that a truly fair and equitable Australia can only be created by acknowledging the history, culture and continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to this country. This is the starting place for meaningful reconciliation for all Australians.
We also strongly believe in this year’s Reconciliation Week theme, ‘In this Together’. As the peak body for multicultural Australians, we are committed to doing more to help migrant and refugee communities grow their relationships with and in support of the First Australians.
Some great collaborative work is already being done by multicultural organisations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, however, we think more work needs to be done.
We hope this guide will deepen the conversation, and encourage more action from multicultural Australia in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Guide is aimed to act as a starting point for building awareness and to encourage CALD Australia to work towards meaningful reconciliation.
In order to make sure this important work sets us on a pathway to appropriately support the needs of multicultural and Indigenous Australians, FECCA is opening up the draft guide to the community for feedback.
How you can be involved
Specifically, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations; and from multicultural Australians and organisations, we would like to know:
- Is there anything that needs to be added, removed or improved in the draft Guide?
- What are the most important things multicultural organisations need to do to effectively engage and support Indigenous Australia?
- How can the guide be designed as a useful tool that supports reconciliation in Australia?
Submissions can be made in writing, via an audio or video recording or in-person by July 31 2020. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement.
As well as your response to the three questions above, your submission should include the following:
- Name and/or Organisation
- Do you identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse?
- Contact details (email is preferred)
Submissions or additional questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org