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Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group 

Left to right FRONT – Rosanna De Santis (Co-Chair), Sade Waugh (WG CoD Staff), Alderman Peter Pangquee, Lynette Fejo (WG Community), Helena Wright (WG Community), and Lynn Allan (CoD Secretariat)
Left to right BACK – Tristan Cook (WG CoD Staff), Shenagh Gamble (Co-Chair), Tony Vincent (WG CoD Staff), Amy Griesbach (WG CoD Staff), Mark Pocock (WG CoD Staff), Richard Fejo (WG Community)


The RAP will now go to Reconciliation Australia for approval, and following that approval, the final version will be published here.

Download DRAFT version of the Reconciliation Action Plan

In January 2020, 10 of the RAP working group and 17 staff from CoD participated in a two-day Cultural Safety & Cultural Respect workshop, delivered by Aunty Sharon Gollen (Ngarrindjeri descendant) and Kathleen Stacey (IMG0545).  The two day workshop was transformative for participants, with many saying that this has shaken their world view and will completely change their lives.
Some of the comments included:

"I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have been able to attend this session. Thank you for extending the invitation and for bringing this knowledge and experience to our organisation."

"It was a great workshop - thanks for the opportunity to be involved and be part of such an enriching and important journey for Council and the community!"

"I thought it was amazing, and I definitely feel I’ll need time to digest it all and decide how to do something meaningful."

"This was by far the most impactful education session I have ever experienced. I am also overwhelmed by how generous everyone was with their stories and how gently we were led through difficult content."


What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

A RAP is a strategic document that details how an organisation will contribute to reconciliation within their organisation and within the communities in which they operate.

What are the different kinds of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s)?

There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.
Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey. City of Darwin will be undertaking an ‘Innovate’ RAP.

Why is City of Darwin developing a RAP?

Darwin is a multicultural city, built on Aboriginal land; undertaking a RAP is an acknowledgement of our history and cultural past and an important step in establishing a connected community that has pride in our cultural identity.

More Information

For further information about City of Darwin’s RAP please contact City of Darwin’s Manager Community and Cultural Development on 8930 0560

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