Last year ACU also took a lead in developing a set of proposals for how our nation’s constitution could be amended to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are represented in Parliament.
“Our University’s commitment to reconciliation and constitutional recognition is absolutely vital,” Professor Craven said.
Professor Craven said our RAP would help us to solidify our commitment to involving Indigenous people in the life of the University, and to making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives integral to our curriculum.
“It ensures we will continue to provide meaningful opportunities and to encourage greater participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in tertiary education, empowering them to reach their full academic and economic potential,” Professor Craven said.
“And it allows our University to drive a broader change agenda, providing a framework to enable us to play a role in improving the lives and respecting the dignity of Australia’s Indigenous people.”
Executive Dean of Education and Arts Professor Elizabeth Labone, Director First Peoples and Equity Pathways Jane Ceolin, Executive Dean Theology and Philosophy Professor Dermot Nestor, Executive Dean Law and Business Professor Therese Joiner, Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine.
Director, First Peoples and Equity Pathways Jane Ceolin said the RAP had been two years in the making and was an important, strategic document for ACU.
“The RAP includes practical actions that will drive our contribution to reconciliation both within ACU and in our engagement with the community,” Ms Ceolin said.
Other speakers at the launch event included ACU’s Project Lead, Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Doseena Fergie and General Counsel Diane Barker. Reconciliation Australia’s CEO Karen Mundine also addressed attendees at the launch event.