A nation where the traditional knowledge and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples are highly valued and respected by all Australians is the vision for the Australian Academy of Science’s Reconciliation Action Plan, launched today.
Australian Academy of Science President, Professor John Shine, said reconciliation is a journey the Academy is proudly committed to taking.
“Our nation’s future, based on a knowledge economy, will be driven by embracing skills, knowledge and experience from a diverse range of people,” Professor Shine said.
“It is important that this includes and recognises that for tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had a strong connection to and knowledge of this land, its waterways, oceans and abundant flora and fauna.
“It is crucial that we create opportunities to work respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to address issues that impact them and to support their participation in the Academy’s scientific, policy, international and communication activities.
“The Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan commences a journey where, as one, we can use science to create a better nation and a better world.
“This, our first Reconciliation Action Plan, outlines the practical steps we will take to support positive change and facilitate reconciliation. In adopting better practices within the Academy, we hope that the Academy can model, encourage and influence greater diversity and inclusion across the STEM sector nationally,” Professor Shine said.
Kamilaroi Water Scientist Bradley Moggridge from the University of Canberra said it had been great to watch a group of committed people and an organisation grow, accept, question itself, develop and hopefully thrive in a space outside of the normal science box.
“With RA’s support this RAP is a perfect start to change,” said Mr Moggridge, who was part of the Academy’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.
The Academy’s Reconciliation Action Plan acknowledges work already underway including:
Future actions and opportunities outlined in the plan include:
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