Monday 30th May 2016, is an important day for the RMIT community – we are launching the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and opening the newly completed "Ngarara Place" Indigenous Garden.
RMIT University Reconciliation Action Plan
VISUAL: Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, Martin Bean, addresses the camera.
MARTIN BEAN SPEAKS: Hi, I'm Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, and I'm here today to talk about a very important initiative - RMIT's Reconciliation Action Plan.
This plan is a significant commitment by our University to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' education and - as a result - to their employment and lifelong outcomes.
The plan is an aspirational document that includes practical actions with targeted outcomes.
As a result, we'll be measuring our progress, towards making a real cultural step change across our fantastic University.
In preparing this plan we were challenged to ask ourselves some big questions about what reconciliation really means and how each of us can make a personal contribution.
We are committed to creating an inclusive community of learners and thinkers, free from prejudice and discrimination.
At the same time, we will support the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to self-determine their identities and futures.
As a University, we pledge ourselves to value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, cultures and diversity and commit to finding achievable ways of incorporating them into our work practices.
We are a big institution that touches the lives of tens of thousands.
So what we do to build better relationships between the wider Australian community and Australia's First Nations people really matters.
We need mutual respect and understanding as we work to right the wrongs and make real change.
I know you will join me in making a personal and professional contribution to Reconciliation.
And I'm sure RMIT's Reconciliation Action Plan will help us to do just that.
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