Reflect | Reconciliation Action Plan 2023-24
As an 80-strong collective based on Gadigal land in Chippendale, Sydney we take our duty of care to clients, country and the next generation seriously.
AJC is embarking on a Reflect RAP as its first step on the journey to reconciliation, with the goal of contributing in a structured, relevant and respectful way. We look to build upon and create genuine relationships with First Nations peoples and communities, and promote a culturally aware workplace that is inclusive and diverse.
We acknowledge the world’s oldest continuous cultures, and look to recognise connection to land and the knowledge built over 60, 000 years. Recognising we practice on stolen lands that were never ceded, we believe we have a responsibility to listen and learn as we commit to the journey of reconciliation. This includes implementing practical initiatives to promote reconciliation in our workplace and the communities in which we design and collaborate.
As architects, urban planners and interior designers, we are innately conscious of the projects, communities and cities we are shaping through our work. Committing to a Reflect RAP allows AJC to explore our sphere of influence and develop stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. This process will provide the solid foundations to ensure our future RAPs are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.
Developing awareness of First Nations knowledge systems, that have cared for Country for millennia, will help us make connections with Country – its landscapes and ecosystems – more meaningful for our staff, enabling increased responsibility to, and sensibilities for Country.
We have established a RAP Working Group which includes six staff with roles representing the diversity of our practice. Our intention is to foster meaningful relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and agencies and ultimately have their guidance and participation in our RAP Working Group.
Warlpiri artist Lisa-Jane Van Dyk was commissioned by AJC to prepare artwork for this document. Originally from Alice Springs, Lisa-Jane now calls Wellington home, residing on Wiradjuri Country in the central west region of New South Wales.
“For the artwork in this report, my inspiration came from the very essence of humanity – our connection to the land – incorporating symbols and motifs that convey the idea of people living on, and leaving their mark on, the earth. The organic shapes and patterns are inspired by the footprints of both humans and animals, as well as natural meeting points, like waterholes. I wanted to reflect our innate ties to the land and the raw beauty of the earth itself.”
Congratulations AJC, welcome to the RAP program, and I look forward to following your reconciliation journey in the years to come.
Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia