NAIDOC Week 2016
The Endeavour Foundation community will again this year participate in NAIDOC week celebrations across a number of locations.
These events will range from morning teas and visits to community art and storytelling events, to larger scale celebrations like our Kup Murri lunch and cultural displays in Rockhampton, Storytime Art Workshop in Gladstone and the NAIDOC Deadly Day Out community event in Townsville.
Whether hosting other community organisations at our own NAIDOC celebrations, or participating in larger community-run events, our involvement in each reflects our wish to create a more inclusive community for people with a disability and Indigenous Australians.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Endeavour Foundation began its RAP journey in 2013, building on the desire of a group of Endeavour Foundation employees to be more responsive to and inclusive of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability and their communities, as well as supporting and encouraging career growth with Endeavour Foundation’s current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.
Endeavour Foundation aims to ensure that the nature and work of the organisation reflects the values of diversity and inclusion through equality of access to our products and services. We aim to build on existing relationships and establish new partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and stakeholders to enable collaborative consultation with, and improved service delivery to First Australian Peoples.
With the commencement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme initiative we identified a gap in our knowledge and understanding of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, which has resulted in an affirmation of our ongoing commitment to service provision to First Australian Peoples through our daily operations.
Our organisation’s core values align with a genuine desire to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, to build on our awareness, understanding and capacity to provide improved services and opportunities for First Australian Peoples. The development of our Reflect RAP is our first step in that journey.
The Reconciliation Action Plan framework of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities, outlined here in our RAP document, identifies what our organisation has committed to undertake over the past 12 months.
Our intention is to build stronger foundations and develop long-term sustainable engagement through the recognition and respect for First Australian Peoples history, cultures and achievements, and by providing opportunities that are mutually beneficial for Endeavour Foundation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as we progress beyond our first RAP.