Our Reconciliation Journey
BSL is committed to working towards Reconciliation. We are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help achieve an Australia free of poverty.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
The BSL Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2023 is being finalised with Reconciliation Australia.
The key outcomes include:
- more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working and/or volunteering at BSL
- greater staff awareness
- culturally safe, appropriate services and sites for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- committing to programs, research and advocacy to make a meaningful contribution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Uluru Statement from the Heart
BSL recognises the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as expressed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and stands beside them in their call for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. We also support the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to enable a fair and truthful relationship between all Australians.
We accept the invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a movement for a better future.
Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
Offering an Acknowledgement of Country at meetings or events recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and custodians of their land. It promotes an awareness of the past and ongoing connection to place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Traditional Owners of the land, welcoming visitors to their community as a sign of respect and hospitality.