The Salvation Army and Reconciliation in Victoria
In recent years, The Salvation Army has been coming to terms with its own role in the process of reconciliation with Australia’s first peoples. Although our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders goes back many decades, we acknowledge that our record in this area is tarnished by individual and corporate failures. Although some very good work has been done and positive relationships built, we have also been actively or passively complicit in contributing towards and perpetuating the systemic injustices that continue to characterise social and economic disadvantage amongst Indigenous Australians today. As a Christian movement, these sins against individuals and communities call us to repentance and acting for reconciliation.
The development and implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) are a key vehicle for driving reconciliation processes. Currently, The Salvation Army is working on RAPs in both Australian Territories and on a local level in many places throughout the country.
We are pleased to announce that the Victorian RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and was officially launched on December 2, 2016. This Victorian Reflect RAP is a commitment from the three Victorian Divisions and the State Social Command to work towards Reconciliation and to support our social programs and corps across the State to better engage with local Aboriginal communities.
Below are a series of resources to help you better engage with Aboriginal communities in your local area. If you have additional resources to share, please contact us. We would love to include them.
Basic Guide and Resources to engaging with Aboriginal people
Australia Southern Territory Resources
Cultural Awareness Training and Providers