Reaching reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility29 May 2023 2 min read
National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June – is a time to learn about our history and the culture that is shared between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.
Why is National Reconciliation Week important?
As a Fund that cares about our members and the community, NGS Super supports reconciliation and encourages everyone to make an effort to better understand what changes are required.
Reconciliation Australia’s vision of reconciliation is based on 5 dimensions, with the goals of:
- Race relations: positive two-way relationships built on trust and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
- Equality and equity: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians participating equally and equitably in all areas of life and the individual and collective rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are universally recognised and respected.
- Institutional integrity: support from the nation’s political, business and community structures.
- Unity: a shared national identity where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights are valued and recognised.
- Historical acceptance: Australians understand and accept the wrongs of the past and their impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and ensure that these wrongs are never repeated.
What is NGS Super doing to create change?
NGS has created a Reconciliation Working Group – to better understand how we can help and support first nations communities to achieve greater financial independence. As a priority, the Reconciliation Working Group has registered the intention to develop a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
What is a Reflect RAP?
A Reflect RAP is a foundational document that will help give NGS Super a roadmap for our reconciliation journey. It will include the actions and deliverables we intend to put in place and will underpin what is included in future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives. A Reflect RAP is a public commitment to action and will be published on Reconciliation Australia’s website.
As part of our Reflect RAP, the Reconciliation Working Group will consider how we can make our products, services and processes more culturally inclusive for first nations people and communities. We also intend to review internal policies and practices to ensure they acknowledge and respect first nations culture.
NGS Super is at the start of our reconciliation journey, but we are committed to making real and lasting change.
Would you like to support Reconciliation Week?
We all have the ability to create a fair and equitable community. Reconciliation Australia has compiled a list of 20 actions that you can do to create change.