Our Values and Strategic Focus
Our Values and Strategic Focus
Reconciliation SA holds the following values:
Our Strategic Focus
Five Dimensions of Reconciliation
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In addition to the above dimensions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) also underpins our work and provide an additional framework for us to understand the meaning of reconciliation.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions.
Since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly, the four countries voting against have reversed their position and now support the Declaration.
Today the Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.
Reconciliation SA is a not-for-profit community and member-based organisation. With the support of our board, staff, members, volunteers and students, we work towards a society free from prejudice, discrimination and racism. We strive towards a society that understands, values and actively support the inclusion of First Nations people in all aspects of life within South Australia.
As a committed and dedicated team, we:
- Aim to abide by cultural protocols
- Work in partnership and collaboration with communities and strategic partners.
Are inclusive of the whole of community.
- Work to empower people through listening and giving voice.
- Promote social justice.
- Work to strengthen resilience and capacity.
- Operate with integrity and are accountable.
- Embrace systemic change through policy critiquing and advocacy.
- We are known as leaders of education, information, support, and advocacy for the Reconciliation movement.
- We demonstrate the positive impact on the advancement of a reconciled South Australia through a focus on the dimensions of reconciliation.
- We are a sustainable and dynamic organisation with effective governance and viable operations.
- Grow the next generation of South Australians committed to an inclusive society free of racism, through the promotion of reconciliation values in local communities.
- Encourage and leverage the collective efforts of Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) partners to grow social inclusion and economic participation.
- Advocate for the inclusion of the ‘Statement from the Heart’ principles to be included in public policy, governance and organisational practices.
- Promote Reconciliation through development of local resources on the history of First Nation cultures across South Australia and advocate for practical and symbolic signs of reconciliation in the local community.
- Build the reconciliation movement in South Australia and develop campaigns that call communities to reconciliation action.
- Reconciliation SA facilitates opportunities for safe and inclusive conversation, truth telling and celebration.
- Communities are supported to accept, respect and value First Nation peoples through the promotion and protection of rights.
- Multi-sector contribution of organisations committed to reconciliation are harnessed, showcased and leveraged to drive greater opportunities for reconciliation.
- Develop and strengthen the understanding of First Nation views through awareness, promotion and understanding of the ‘Statement from the Heart’.
- Local heritage, culture, knowledge, systems and stories are understood, accepted and valued.