Monday, 29 May 2017
Reconciliation Action Plan Launch
On Thursday the 25th of May 2017, the eve of Sorry Day, The Reconciliation Action Plan for FSC Australia was launched at our 11th Annual General Meeting by Indigenous leader Phil Duncan, member of the Gomeroi Nation, and with FSC Australia Chair, Pat Groenhout.
“Here within FSC our staff and members across this wonderful country called Australia, look to our future and drive innovation. Our personal journeys and those experiences help us shape our desire to share a strong vibrant cultural history that precedes colonisation”, Mr Duncan announced.
“Our commitment, as an organisation, is to embrace and integrate Aboriginal cultural values across many aspects of FSC. This commitment is interwoven throughout our RAP, and reinforces our resolve to inform and influence our key stakeholder groups and the wider world on thw value we place on our relationships with the Aboriginal community.”
FSC Australia Chair reflected on the important anniversaries that coincide the launch, “We should be immensely proud today to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan.... On 27th May 1967 Australians voted overwhelmingly to finally count indigenous Australians in the census.... It was only five years earlier, in 1962, that indigenous Australians first gained the right to vote.”
“I want to thank the members of our Indigenous Working Group – Phil Duncan, David Collard, Sue Feary and Hilary Smith – for the passion and commitment that they brought in helping us deliver this plan. I would also like to pay a special tribute to two of our former Policy Managers, Daniel Mackey and Jennifer Steinbach, for whom this was a labour of love.”
Also attended was Dr Sue Feary, an Indigenous Working Group member of FSC Australia.
As an organisation, we look forward to establishing strong relationships and partnerships that will give FSC Australia the opportunity to work collaboratively with Indigenous stakeholder groups.
FSC Australia members welcome the commitment that FSC Australia was making. As a small organisation, it has taken almost 2 years in the making two create the Innovation RAP which is a unique model that Reconciliation Australia now models other small business on.
FSC Australia now join over 100 other Australian organisations with Reconciliation Action Plans in place.
Download our Reconciliation Action Plan here.
Download our Media Release here.