Australia is home to the oldest continuous culture in the world and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities have their own distinct voices to share.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras wants to continue to ensure LGBTQI+ First Nations voices are heard and reflected in the work we do.
Over the coming months, we will be working on a range of initiatives to create more opportunities for greater visibility and self-determination of LGBTQI+ First Nations communities.
One of these initiatives is SGLMG’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and we are calling for expressions of interest from Mardi Gras Members to join a working group that will help us develop and implement the RAP.
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document that provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement.
It includes practical actions that will drive Mardi Gras’ contribution to reconciliation both internally and within the community.
While Mardi Gras has informally engaged in reconciliation initiatives for many years, a RAP provides us with an official framework to further recognise and celebrate LGBTQI+ First Nations history and culture, and create opportunities for reconciliation within Mardi Gras and the broader LGBTQI+ community.
The RAP will guide us on how we can practically support and elevate our LGBTQI+ First Nations community.
The working group will provide advice and feedback on Mardi Gras plans and services related to the LGBTQI+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
It will guide us on what the key issues for the community are and actions we can take as an organisation to address these issues and strive for reconciliation.
The working group is a voluntary committee made up of 10 members with representation from community and within the different levels of Mardi Gras. We will meet monthly (possibly more frequently during the early stages of development), online for an expected 4-6 months of development and then a minimum of 4 times a year during implementation.
We are looking for members who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are passionate about creating lasting change and being a core part of Mardi Gras’ continuing Reconciliation journey.