Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

In the spirit of reconciliation, the ARA recognises the critical role that First Nations peoples continue to play as Australia’s first traders, with a sophisticated network for trading paths that have enabled the exchange of goods, knowledge and culture over land and sea for millennia.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land that we live, learn and work on, recognise their connections to country, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

The ARA’s first Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in July 2022 and will run for 18 months until December 2023.

The purpose of our plan is to outline the initiatives we will implement to build internal capability and work towards our vision for reconciliation. We will initially focus on those things we can control ourselves but use our influence to increase awareness and action about reconciliation.  

Our Position on Reconciliation​

Equality is a fundamental human right for all and the retail sector has an important role to play in addressing inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

In line with our commitment to reconciliation, the ARA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. 

MEMBER RESOURCES - RECONCILIATION

Raising awareness about reconciliation

Reconciliation Australia’s Share Our Pride toolkit provides helpful information about Australia’s First Nations peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and our shared history post-1788. The toolkit also breaks down myths and stereotypes and provides information about how to establish respectful relationships. More here.

ARA First Nations Style and Language Guide

The ARA has developed a First Nations Style Guide, to inform respectful discussions and protect against stereotypical representations of First Nations cultures. This document has been informed by First Nations stakeholders, and seeks to provide your business confidence to engage with the First Nations community and support you in your journey to reconciliation. Download here.

Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan

Working in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia, the ARA will host a series of webinars providing information to members about how to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. We’ll also be establishing peer learning opportunities for like-minded retailers on their reconciliation own journeys. Register your interest here

MEMBER OFFERS

Supporting the re-emergence of First Nations Traders

Part of our vision for reconciliation is that First Nations retailers will have equal opportunity to grow their businesses, to support and empower the re-emergence of First Nations traders. To help deliver on this vision, the ARA is offering 12 months free premium membership to Indigenous-owned retail businesses.

Incorporating a strong First Nations voice into the ARA

The ARA is inviting expressions of interest from current and new members to join the ARA’s Advisory Committee for First Nations Retailers, alongside 18 other committees that provide expert advice and guidance to the ARA. The committee will also provide networking and peer learning opportunities for First Nations retailers. 

MEMBER COMMITMENTS

The following ARA members have made their own commitments to reconciliation

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