Reconciliation 

Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre is excited to have launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 4 April 2019. Since opening its doors in 2011, MNCCLC has worked hard on fostering positive relationships and meaningful engagement with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

MNCCLC ReconciliationA RAP provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. MNCCLC’s Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Catherine Peek, Executive Office for Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre explains, “Our vision for reconciliation is a culture that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians as well as a culture that represents equality and equity, historical acceptance of our shared history and removal of negative race relations.”

MNCCLC collaborated with renowned artist Brentyn Lugnan who created a piece that represents the service and its connection to community. Brentyn explained the design that is now on the cover and throughout the RAP:

“The design represents both what the organisation does and where the services are offered.  MNCCLC ReconciliationThe three areas of Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree are represented by the three community symbols that come together at the MNC Community Legal Centre. The legal Centre is symbolised by the circle at the centre which shows people meeting. There is a river running through the design, which represents the freshwater people services by the legal Centre.”

“We created our RAP with the vision to make a positive difference within MNCCLC and in the broader community through reconciliation and our RAP sets out our plan for delivering on that”, Aboriginal Engagement Officer Latoya Smith said.
Click here to download the Innovate: Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021

 

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MNCCLC Innovate RAP Deliverables Update: October 2019

 

Outcomes by deliverable

RELATIONSHIPS

1.       Meetings set for the year, invitation extended, Aboriginal people represented on the working group.

2.       Reconciliation week – attended events and hosted one at MNCCLC.  RAP on website and provided to community.

3.       Regular visits to local Aboriginal service providers.  CLE planned on Discrimination and Police Powers.  All staff and volunteers receive cultural awareness training on induction. Survey three clients every Wednesday.

4.       Footy day held at Taree Bushlands, BBQ for reconciliation, RAP community launch.  All events are built into outlook calendars.

5.       RAP launch follow-up – morning tea in Kempsey and soon morning tea in Taree. Talked at CLCNSW quarterlies (RAP group, Comm network)

 

RESPECT

1.       Annual cultural awareness training for new staff and volunteers with Aboriginal Engagement Officer. Local cultural protocols training.  Staff training is a standing item in meetings.

2.       Launch of RAP, all ALA and Coffs Harbour office opening there will be a welcome to country and all other meetings an acknowledgment of country. This has been built into organisational policy.

3.       Complete – attended many NAIDOC events attended by all staff.

4.       Plaque in front office Port Macquarie and organising one for Coffs Harbour.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

1.       Employment retention strategy complete and incorporated in ALA policy. Link with Tramby and Aurora Project. Study is encouraged, all vacancies advertised in Koori mail and Aboriginal interagency (as well as other forums) in accordance with policy. Aboriginal Engagement Officer attends Yarn Up at CLCNSW quarterly meeting.

2.       Professional development opportunities provided and education and leadership opportunities (Tribal Wave – NCARA). Study leave available and encouraged.

3.       Constant revision of policy and list of services in our region to update Legal Practice Manual.

4.       Board member who identifies as Aboriginal joined ALA Board and attended first meeting in June 2019.

 

GOVERNANCE

1.       Quarterly updates on RAP progress to staff and volunteers.

2.       Update to Board on RAP through board report.

3.       Report on RAP in ALA annual report.

4.       Report on challenges and achievements to funding body through reporting.

5.       Publicly report RAP achievements, challenges and learnings on website.