The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) following a year of collaborative work by AILA’s Connection to Country Committee.
AILA is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse profession by encouraging and supporting our members to expand their cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
As built environment professionals who engage with land, places, cultures, history, people, natural systems and built context, landscape architects seek to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The development of AILA’s RAP allows us to better advocate for a ‘Connection to Country’ approach to landscape planning, design and management on all our projects, in varying contexts and across many scales.
We are pleased to launch this Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan which is the result of over 12 months of discussions and collaborative work by the ‘Connection to Country’ Committee. We also want to acknowledge the efforts of State Chapter Executive Members who have been demonstrating leadership in their ‘Connection to Country’ work for a number of years.
We encourage all AILA members to actively engage with the initiatives and activities presented in the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, as we work together to improve our profession’s engagement, respect for and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. – Linda Corkery, President AILA
Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, AILA’s Reflect RAP will facilitate the development of a deeper level of respect in our members and staff for Traditional Custodians and their relationship with the landscape. The Reflect RAP focuses on 15 actions in the key areas of Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance, and will be implemented over the next 12 months through state chapter led events and the ongoing sharing of information.