He said the “reconciliation map” for ac.care provided measurable outcomes to ensure the organisation’s deep commitment to reconciliation is backed with meaningful and ambitious action.
“We want to be an advocate that stands up, speaks up and makes a difference,” he said.
Mr Wallace said ac.care did not only want to generate change and opportunities in the country South Australian communities in which it operates, but be part of Reconciliation Australia’s national advocacy for change and encouraged other organisations to adopt reconciliation plans.
“We hope our commitment contributes to the broader movement to create a fairer society, a fairer nation, where everyone is respected, has opportunities to thrive and the value of our First Nations culture, the oldest surviving culture in the world, is recognised, respected and enshrined at the heart of our nation’s foundations and identity,” he said.
“Together we can make a difference and create a society we can all take pride in where everyone belongs and has equal opportunities to participate freely and with equity in all areas of Australian life.”
Riverland-based Ngintait, Nganguruku and Yankunytjatjara artist Mr Giles spoke at the function about his artwork, which is now proudly displayed on the ac.care Berri office.
“The work depicts our connection to the land, which is where everything starts - we are made from it, learn from it and live from it,” he said.
“We must continue to build, strengthen and pass on our knowledge of caring and nurturing on to the next generation, ensuring the strength and resilience of First Nations People is passed on to our youth as the future is in their hands.”
ac.care’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan is available at accare.org.auac.care can be contacted on 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273).