The Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria has adopted engagement with Aboriginal Victorians as a priority, with a view to deepen and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Victorian Aboriginal communities and to learn from the experience of member organisations and others, so that together we can better: - enable all Catholic social services agencies to increase their contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians - advocate alongside Aboriginal Victorians on policy and other issues. - advance the contribution of the Church in Victoria to justice and the wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.
The Catholic Social Services standing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Victoria paper brings together a range of material relating to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Victoria, and the engagement of members of Catholic Social Services Victoria with Aboriginal communities. It documents the rich strands of engagement that have developed, and provides a framework for the understanding of current issues and of work still to be done.
Priority actions determined by the council of Catholic Social Services Victoria to be undertaken in 2018 include: 1. Review and update Catholic Social Services Victoria’s Aboriginal Acknowledgement Statement. 2. Establish a consultative group on engagement with Aboriginal Victorians, drawing on the expertise of member organisations. 3. Conduct a member agencies forum on Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)to provide an opportunity for agencies to share experiences, knowledge and learnings from RAPs. 4. Provide briefings for members and more broadly on relevant topics including Truth telling and Treaty. 5. Gather and share information on the engagement of members with Aboriginal staff, and Aboriginal Victorians served. 6. Strengthen engagement with and support for Aboriginal Catholic Ministry.
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Catholic Social Services Victoria Contact: Claire-Anne.Willis@css.org.au, tel 9926 5711