Girl Guides Victoria is committed to being an inclusive organisation. We want everyone in our community to feel seen, celebrated, and treated with the utmost respect. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition and reconciliation is a vital part of our inclusivity.
Girl Guides Victoria is being guided by Reconciliation Australia to implement our reconciliation process.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Girl Guides Victoria worked with Reconciliation Australia to develop our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
A Reconciliation Action Plan is a ‘strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.’
Our RAP will enable us to formalise our commitment to reconciliation and foster inclusivity throughout our organisation.
There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, and Elevate.
Many organisations complete successive RAPs as their reconciliation journey progresses. This is Girl Guides Victoria’s goal for our own reconciliation journey.
RAP Stage 1: Reflect
Our current RAP uses the Reflect framework, which is designed for organisations starting their reconciliation journey. The Reflect framework enables us to develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and decide on our vision for reconciliation.
RAP Working Group
As part of the Reflect framework, organisations must establish a RAP Working Group to further the acknowledgement and reconciliation of Indigenous people in the organisation.
Girl Guides Victoria’s RAP Working Group was formed in 2017. Several members of the RAP Working Group are Indigenous Girl Guide volunteers.
Our RAP Working Group has explored the ways that our organisation could become more inclusive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the best pathways to implement this.
In 2018, our RAP Working Group developed our RAP Statement of Intent. Reconciliation Australia reviewed and accepted our Statement of Intent in January 2019.
Our Statement of Intent includes the following:
- Learn more of the history and celebrations of Indigenous significance
- Develop respectful cultural relationships within our organisation
- Be an inclusive organisation
- Support cohesion among our members
- Help Indigenous Leaders and girls to develop a greater sense of belonging at Girl Guides
- Support our wider membership to develop a sense of belonging to this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land
- Celebrate our unique Australian inheritance
- Create an identity that is uniquely Australian
Our Statement of Intent will inform the ways we implement our Reconciliation Action Plan. In 2019, our RAP Working Group is exploring the practical actions that Girl Guides Victoria can take to support our Statement of Intent, and ensure a uniform approach to reconciliation throughout our organisation.
Implementing Our Statement of Intent
The RAP Working Group is exploring the best methods to implement our new Statement of Intent. Some of these methods may include:
- Develop training to ensure a similar approach across the organisation
- Develop policy/protocols around Acknowledgement of Country
- Develop resources to support girls and volunteers to understand and implement the action plan
- Develop programs and activities for the Units
- Create pathways to membership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women
- Celebrate special times such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week
By implementing our Statement of Intent, we will help all our members to engage with our commitment to Indigenous culture, and encourage Indigenous girls and volunteers to become, and remain, members of Girl Guides.
Girl Guides Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders of this country and values the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.