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Acknowledging Australia’s First Peoples is an obligation that CRANAplus embraces with deep commitment. Under the leadership of CRANAplus’ inaugural Executive Director of First Peoples’ Strategies, Dallas McKeown, the leadership team worked together to re-write our organisational Acknowledgement of Country.
The intent was to enhance the sincerity of our message. In the spirit of ‘truth telling’ we wanted to acknowledge the injustice and sadness that has gone before. We also wanted to recognise the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their enduring and timeless connection to Country. And we wanted to finish in a place of hope for the future, with a strong commitment to working in true partnership.
Dallas’ gentle wisdom and guidance was invaluable throughout the process, providing yet further demonstration of the meaningful contribution she is making right across the organisation. Challenging us and encouraging us in equal measure is Dallas’ unique gift.
Presenting here our new Acknowledgement of Country:
“CRANAplus acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and sky where we meet today, and respects their enduring spiritual connection to Country. We acknowledge the sorrow of the past and our hope and belief that we can move to a place of equity, partnership, and justice together. We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging, and pay our respects to the cultural authority of First Peoples in attendance today.”
We hope that it encourages all who read and hear it to reflect with gratitude and authenticity on the lands they are on, and the generosity of the traditional owners and custodians in sharing it.
The process gave us pause to reflect on what we really wanted to say and what we believe is important for others to hear. We are proud of the final statement we settled on, but equally important was the journey to get there.
When was the last time your organisation reviewed its Acknowledgment of Country?
Chief Operating Officer, CRANAplus
Read the CRANAplus First Peoples’ Strategy to find out more about our future direction.