YMCA Victoria recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples and custodians of this continent and the islands of the Torres Strait.
By working with and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the YMCA will advocate for and seek to address systemic issues of political and social exclusion, economic disadvantage, and health inequality.
We also support and recognise the strengths, skills and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the YMCA and to the Australian community.
YMCA Victoria’s Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in January 2016. It outlines how as an organisation YMCA Victoria will begin our reconciliation journey.
We will work towards:
- Achieving greater understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
YMCA Victoria believes it is fundamental to our commitment that all our staff and volunteers develop a respectful and knowledgeable understanding of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples, while also acknowledging there will always be more to learn.
- Enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve social inclusion, economic participation and health equality.
YMCA Victoria is committed to ensuring our programs and services are accessible and welcoming to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Furthermore, YMCA Victoria will strive to increase representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our workforce, both among staff and volunteers.
- Developing respectful and meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.
YMCA Victoria is committed to developing partnerships that are respectful and sustainable with a long term vision and understand these partnerships are critical to meeting our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We strongly value our existing partnerships with: Korin Gamadji Institute, AFL Sportsready, Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS), Wurundjeri Tribe Land Cultural Heritage Council Inc, Koorie Heritage Trust and other localised agencies.