Reconciliation at JCU

JCU Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017

Support Guide for Students

What does RAP stand for?

RAP stands for Reconciliation Action Plan; a plan that shows what an organisation will do to contribute to reconciliation. JCU’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017sets goals and practical actions JCU will take towards reconciliation. As an educational institution, all students and staff are encouraged to engage in reconciliation.

What is reconciliation?

Reconciliation is a commitment to build relationships and understanding between the broader Australian community and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

How can I be involved in reconciliation at JCU?

There are many ways you can get involved in active reconciliation at JCU:

  • Attend a National Reconciliation Week event at JCU, held each May
  • Attend JCU’s NAIDOC Week events, held each September
  • Attend the Annual Mabo Lecture at JCU
  • Learn, discuss and act for reconciliation in your classes and events on campus
  • Borrow and display the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag set at any event you are organising
  • Acknowledge the physical environment around your campus and learn about the Traditional Owners; creek signs on the Cairns and Townsville campuses and the Indigenous Use Walk on the Cairns campus
  • Undertake a JCU Cultural Competency workshop/module
  • Develop a partnership and collaborate with the Indigenous Student Association or attend events they facilitate
  • Read and learn about cultural protocols so that you can apply them at JCU and throughout your career and lifetime, such as:
    • Incorporating Acknowledgment statements in your major assignments
    • Giving a spoken Acknowledgment of Country at the beginning of major oral presentations
    • Learn how to get in contact with Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations and professionals
    • Learn the names of local Traditional Owner Groups
    • Learn about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures by reading texts written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors. Check out our own LibGuide.
    • Avoid stereotypes
    • Listen and ask questions. Resist the urge to propose solutions for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues
    • Consult with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and ask for their advice and permission to use their resources. You can consult people within JCU or other groups, including Aboriginal Land Councils for permissions and advice.

How can I contribute to reconciliation?

  • If organising an event, borrow and display the JCU flag set (Cairns and Townsville campuses)
  • Develop a partnership and collaborate with the Indigenous Student Association to organise events and activities
  • Discuss with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, student groups and organisations where and how you can get involved in reconciliation in your personal and professional life