Message from Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine
Reconciliation Australia welcomes Canteen Australia to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program with the formal endorsement of its inaugural Reflect RAP.
Canteen joins a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program.
Since 2006, RAPs have provided a framework for organisations to leverage their structures and diverse spheres of influence to support the national reconciliation movement. The program’s potential for impact is greater than ever, with over 2.3 million people now working or studying in an organisation with a RAP.
The four RAP types – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate – allow RAP partners to continuously develop and strengthen reconciliation commitments in new ways. This Reflect RAP will lay the foundations, priming the workplace for future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives.
The RAP program’s strength is its framework of relationships, respect, and opportunities, allowing an organisation to strategically set its reconciliation commitments in line with its own business objectives, for the most effective outcomes. These outcomes contribute towards the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. It is critical to not only uphold all five dimensions of reconciliation, but also increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge, and leadership across all sectors of Australian society.
This Reflect RAP enables Canteen to deepen its understanding of its sphere of influence and the unique contribution it can make to lead progress across the five dimensions. Getting these first steps right will ensure the sustainability of future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives, and provide meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.
Congratulations Canteen, welcome to the RAP program, and I look forward to following your reconciliation journey in the years to come.
Karen Mundine Chief Executive Officer Reconciliation Australia
I take this opportunity to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia as the first people and Traditional Custodians of this great land. I pay respect to Elders past, present and future.
I am pleased to present Canteen’s inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is an exciting milestone for Canteen, and a great first step towards building relationships, respect and opportunities essential for reconciliation. Canteen acknowledges the ongoing inequality of outcomes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience in Australia, and we hope to contribute to improving the social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and healing outcomes in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples, their kin and communities affected by cancer.
Our Reflect RAP formalises our commitment and describes the actions we will take over the next 12 months to invest in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as leaders within our organisation, to strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and to increase our cultural competence and responsiveness as an organisation. This plan is an important step for Canteen in ensuring we are meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and families.
Peter Orchard Chief Executive Officer Canteen Australia
I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I write, as well as acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. I pay respect to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge their histories as the first people and Traditional Custodians of this great land.
It brings me great pleasure to share with you Canteen’s first-ever Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which marks an important step forward in the history of the organisation.
Our purpose at Canteen is a clear one; to ensure that no young person goes through cancer alone. As part of this pledge, we as an organisation recognise and acknowledge that reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples plays a critical role in this, for the inequality-driven adverse outcomes that exists for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples affected by cancer are very clear.
At Canteen, we are committed to working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and providing access to culturally responsive services.
Leadership and empowerment are in our DNA, and the Reflect RAP represents an exciting new chapter in our efforts to support, develop and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to take up leadership within Canteen. Through it, we hope to empower and encourage them to share their stories, ideas, hopes, dreams and advice as we aim to support them, and they support others.
Their leadership will be critical to the success of our reconciliation journey, and to the spirit and success of our organisation.
The Reflect RAP would also not have been possible without the many, many hours of work put in by Canteen staff that developed it, and to them I express my gratitude for their time and effort. The next 12 months are set to be an exciting journey as we take our first steps along the path before us, and I’m looking forward to joining the rest of Canteen’s leadership and staff as we set out upon it.
Joey Lynch Chairman of the Board Canteen Australia