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Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo at Sub Base Platypus Community Open Day 2018

Reconciliation Journey

Sydney Harbour is arguably the location of first continuous contact between Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous Australians.

Harbour Trust lands reveal the heritage of the Traditional Custodians and Owners; namely, the Borogegal, Birrabirrigal, Cammeraygal, Gadigal, Gayamagal, Wallumedegal and Wangal people. This includes their lived experiences and connection to the nation’s maritime and defence industries across the last two centuries. As such, we have a significant responsibility and opportunity to assist in the national journey towards Reconciliation.

Our vision for Reconciliation is for all Australians to recognise and celebrate the cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including their strong and enduring ties to the iconic places under our stewardship.

In support of this vision, the Harbour Trust adopted an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in June 2018. Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, this strategic document reflects our commitment to deepening relationships with First Nations People across our organisation, from employment and procurement through to the day-to-day management of our extraordinary places.

We are striving to embed the cultures and knowledge of First Nations Peoples in our work, through ensuring the diversity of workforce and in our approach to the conservation, remediation and adaptive reuse of places in our care. This has involved a commitment to providing visible leadership and working collaboratively with First Nations Peoples and communities.

The implementation of our RAP is being overseen, monitored and championed by an internal RAP Working Group in close collaboration with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

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