Reconciliation

Reconciliation

AVI acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and recognise the continuing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to their lands and waters. We specifically pay our respects to the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which our head office is located.

Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

AVI strives for a peaceful, just and sustainable world where all people have access to the resources they need, the opportunity to achieve their potential and the right to make decisions about the future of their communities. This is central in our approach to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, for whom we have deep gratitude and respect.

We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart to achieve justice, recognition and respect for First Nations people and a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. We accept the invitation contained in the Statement to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart

Our RAP

In 2019, a cross-organisation Working Group was formed to develop AVI’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2022.

Our RAP

Following formal endorsement by Reconciliation Australia, our first Innovate RAP was launched during NAIDOC Week 2020. AVI’s Innovate RAP builds on the foundations laid in previous years and draws on the strengths of AVI, outlining the steps AVI is committed to make towards reconciliation. The RAP document was designed by Timothy Buckey from Rareland, a proud Bundjalung man, and includes original artwork designed by AVI’s Alice Tamang, a proud Dharug woman.

Download AVI’s Innovate RAP

Our Artwork

The feature artwork of AVI’s RAP was designed by staff member Alice Tamang, who is a proud Dharug woman.

Our artwork

The top centre element of the symbol represents the volunteer, with the three layers surrounding representing the volunteer’s family, community and extended networks. Likewise, the bottom centre element represents the staff of the Partner Organisation, with the three layers surrounding representing the Partner Organisation, their community and extended networks.

When these two elements come together they represent two groups meeting, to exchange knowledge and work towards a common goal. The green and blue colours represent saltwater and freshwater, as the waters that we travel across and the 29 white circles represent each country that we work in, including Australia.

The shadows represent the lasting impact of the program on all involved, with the black border around the elements represents the AVI as the continual thread that links everything together. The lines upon the border recognise the contributions of past volunteers.

Our team

AVI’s RAP has been facilitated by a group of passionate people from various units and levels of management.

Our team

Kylie Willow

International Projects Lead

I acknowledge the past injustices and ongoing inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since colonisation, and am committed to taking action to work towards an equal and respectful future.

Alice Tamang

Indigenous Programs Coordinator

I am a proud Dharug woman, living and working on Wurundjeri Country. I am passionate about sharing our true history, advocating for positive change, empowering others and supporting our organisation to be a culturally safe environment for First Nations people.

Chloe Franklin

Volunteer Services Support Officer

I am passionate about, and committed to, working towards decolonisation and reconciliation with our First Nations people. I acknowledge the privilege I have and am committed to taking action to combat injustice. I’m proud to co-chair AVI’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

Sabene Gomes

Quality & Compliance Coordinator

I am committed to working towards equality and racial justice. I acknowledge the privilege of my circumstances and aim to use my influence to further a better future for us all, in which indigenous voices are promoted and valued. I commit to speaking up when faced with discrimination and injustice and to walking together towards reconciliation with our First Nations people.

Victoria George

Senior Content Producer

I am committed to working towards reconciliation with our First Nations people, and speaking out against racism and injustice. I want to work towards a future of true equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: where the ongoing impacts of colonisation are openly acknowledged, and work is done across society to address these wrongs. I am proud to co-chair AVI’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

Lexie Leighs

Recruitment Marketing Coordinator

I joined the RAP Committee because I know effective change happens when people with shared values and goals act as a collective and hold each other to account. I acknowledge the harm and injustice that Australia’s First Nations People experience, and I recognise that complacency and inaction uphold white supremacy and allows oppression to continue. I am committed to creating a more inclusive workplace by embracing discomfort and engaging in challenging conversations about decolonisation and racism to inform changes to our policies and workplace culture.

Gabriele Rukas

Partnerships & Innovation Coordinator

I live and work on the lands of Ramindjeri people. Here I find inspiration in learning about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ traditions and deep knowledge. I respectfully promote truth telling and believe that by bringing my passion in more-than-human design, based on the First Peoples’ connection to Country, I can contribute to building better futures that are equally shared in the organisation and beyond.

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