Prace acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded lands on which we work, teach and learn. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) marks the formal beginning of our journey to support reconciliation in our community. This RAP enables Prace to deepen our understanding of our sphere of influence and the unique contribution we can make to lead progress across the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance.
As part of this journey, we celebrate the invaluable contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to our society today and highlight that our community is made stronger by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander roots.
Getting these first steps right is the foundation for the sustainability of future reconciliation initiatives, and ensures our impact is meaningful. Through the implementation of our RAP, we are committed to helping reduce the unacceptably wide gap that exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians.
The artwork featured in our RAP was created by Jay Neal and Sabrina Connely-Carpenter. This valuable and meaningful contribution to our RAP is an expression of our continued commitment to celebrate the unique contribution First Nations people make to Prace and our community.
Jay Neal is a 16 year old student at Prace College. She enjoys expressing herself through art and craft and uses these mediums to visually communicate her story.
“Like branches on a tree, we go our separate ways, but our roots remain as one.” This tree represents Prace College. We all come together and grow with a solid foundation (the tree trunk), and once we graduate we go our separate ways (the branches). The dots and the white represents my Indigenous background, as ochre and ash are often used in traditional artwork”.
Sabrina Connely-Carpenter is a proud Aboriginal trans woman and student at Prace College. Art allows Sabrina to express who she is, tell her story and share her creative ideas.
“This painting represents the chance that Prace has given me to complete my schooling. I made it to remind them of the chance they have given me and that I took up that chance. The cloud in the corner represents the first day, as it was a cloudy day. The Aboriginal flag represents me helping the school with their acknowledgement and my identity. The trans flag and the gay flag represents me as a sister girl, part of the LGBT community.”
The Prace RAP is a formal contribution to the reconciliation movement utilising the framework provided by Reconciliation Australia. In 2022, Prace was welcomed into their RAP program with the formal endorsement of our inaugural Reflect RAP.
“Reconciliation is hard work – it’s a long, winding and corrugated road, not a broad, paved highway. Determination and effort at all levels of government and in all sections of the community will be essential to make reconciliation a reality.”