FSC Australia recognises that as the nation’s original stewards of the land, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have historically maintained the health of Australia’s forests, and continue to perform this role through their unique knowledge of and continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.
In acknowledgment of this, FSC Australia’s vision for reconciliation in the practice of responsible forest management is respect for and protection of the cultural and custodial interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including the unique responsibility of caring for country and maintaining places of cultural significance.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan details our goals and commitments from 2017 to 2019. It covers dialogue and engagement, respect, creating opportunities, and tracking and reporting on progress.
FSC Australia is a small organisation, but has a great influence across a range of areas due to our growing network of members and stakeholders. By developing a Reconciliation Action Plan we are demonstrating that regardless of an organisation's size, reach or business model, it can advance and contribute to outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by adopting and championing the principles and values of reconciliation
Artist credit: John Weeronga Bartoo, Baiame & The Crocodiles, acrylic on canvas © John Weeronga Bartoo/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016.
Indigenous Working Group
Central to FSC Australia's engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is our Indigenous Working Group (IWG).
The IWG have played an important role in the development of the National Standard; the development and application of the Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines; and seeking opportunities for Indigenous Forest Enterprises seeking certification.
The working group is also responsible for overseeing the development, launch, and implementation of the RAP, as well as tracking and reporting on the progress of RAP actions.
Reflecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture
Each year, FSC Australia will feature the work of a new emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist in our Annual Report and website.
In 2018, FSC Australia is pleased to feature "Family" from Wotjobaluk artist, Kat Clarke.
Writer, Artist & Indigenous Consultant.
Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, Kat gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music, the arts, screen, and education. Her grassroots, transparent vitality and forthright approach enable her to work and consult with various government, mainstream, community, arts, and film organisations.
Currently she is involved in many community, youth, film and arts projects, and is collating her first poetry book, which she aims to publish in the coming year.
Title: Family 2015, (acrylic on canvas)
The baby kookaburra calls out to his mum and dad as the evening sets in the bush. Eager to see him take first flight the parents keep a close eye. This moment remind us to be brave and to trust ourselves to achieve. Sometimes, family can be a strength of support to turn to and who will always be there no matter how hard you may fall. For me, I know that I can always count on my family and community to be there guiding me.
To see more from Kat, please visit her website: https://kathrineclarke88.wordpress.com/
Family is also featured in our 2017 Annual Report.