Our Reconciliation Journey

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help achieve an Australia free of poverty.


Reconciliation Action Plan

A new RAP 2019-2022 has been approved by the Brotherhood’s Executive, and awaits approval by Reconciliation Australia. 

The key outcomes will be:

  • More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working and/or volunteering at the Brotherhood;
  • Greater staff awareness;
  • Culturally safe and appropriate services and sites for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Local engagement plans to support culturally safe services and sites;
  • Achieving RAP targets; and
  • Programs, research and advocacy to make a meaningful contribution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 


Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Brotherhood of St Laurence 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.

Read the Statement in full

Brotherhood of St Laurence Uluru Statement from the Heart - A4 and A3 Poster.
(When printing the poster, select 'Fit to page'.)


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 of 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. 

See the Brotherhood’s office locations and who to acknowledge at each site.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
Australian Aboriginal flag, a yellow circle on two horizontal black and red stripes

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

Torres Strait Islander flag, an icon of a traditional headdress on blue, black and green stripes