Our Reconciliation Action Plan
Our vision for reconciliation is that the history, knowledge and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is fully valued and respected in Australia and within our collective work to protect Country. In our work to protect this Country, Queensland Conservation Council will work towards a future in which
our organisation as well as the broader environmental conservation movement in Queensland;
• Celebrates and acknowledges First Nations culture + knowledge.
• Stands in solidarity and supports self determination of Australia’s First Peoples.
• Centres First Nations voices, particularly when our project/s are central to Country.
• Embraces connection between First Nations and environment groups.
• Acknowledges the colonial history of conservation and the significantly longer history First Nations have on this land.
Click on the plan below to read our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). You can also watch our launch webinar here. The featured artwork was created by Shannon Ruska and reflects on reconciliation, representing Tribal Country, land and seascapes and connection to Country across our state. The full of the artwork can be seen in the RAP.
QCC accepts the historical realities of colonisation and that, traditionally, the environment conservation movement has been a part of that colonisation and
has under-represented the First Nations people’s voice.
QCC will now facilitate spaces for conversations around those perpetuated colonial practices in order to broaden our own and others’ understanding of the many impacts of these practices on First Nations peoples and communities.
QCC is committed to working with First Nations people and communities to develop shared language about those practices and move beyond them, promoting and celebrating First People’s cultural resilience.
We will recognise First Nations leadership in our shared goal of protecting Country. We will listen to and build relationships with First Nations people, building connections with local campaigns, respecting the First Nations knowledge and traditional ownership of the land.
We commit to identifying and removing any form of systemic racism from our work practices that may be the legacy of colonial practices.