Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Introducing Amnesty International Australia's new Reconciliation Action Plan

First of all, what is a Reconciliation Action Plan?

The RAP program was launched in July 2006 as a forward looking aspect of the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the most successful in Australia’s history, in which more than 90% of voters said “YES” to equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fellow citizens.

The RAP program turns “good intentions into action” by encouraging and supporting organisations, large and small, to engage within their sphere of influence in the national effort to close the 17-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians.

Over the last year, Amnesty International Australia in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants, have been working on our Reconciliation Action Plan. At the end of January, we took the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the RAP and launched it at a joint ceremony with the opening of the new Adelaide action centre.

The RAP has been coming together for quite a while, and we should particularly thank Sophie Peer for all her work in producing the Plan. A big thank you also to Reconciliation Australia, for providing guidance and support as we created our first RAP.

More information about Reconciliation Australia:

and Amnesty International Australia’s RAP:

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