RECONCILLIATION ACTION PLAN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY
Royal Life Saving NSW would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of our land – Australia. In particular the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this place we now call Sydney and pay our respects to their Elders past present and future.
Our Reconciliation Journey
Royal Life Saving NSW-ACT-TAS is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and developing positive relationships where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are heard and listened too. We currently work across multiple communities in NSW, ACT and TAS.
In developing the RAP, the organisation is committing to reconciliation and transformation to actively work with Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander peoples respectfully and successfully. We are surrounded by lakes, river, pools and creeks, these waterways are the basis of our organisation and thus working with Traditional Owners is essential.
Our Artwork Storyline
This is artwork titled “Flowing Knowledge” centres around the sharing of knowledge and education of water safety within our communities from one generation to the next. Royal Life Saving Society works to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills.
Royal Life Saving Society also advocate on a wide range of drowning prevention and water safety issues through targeted campaigns, educating communities about the risks of drowning and prevention strategies including providing access to swimming and water safety education and key drowning prevention materials for all communities.
Across the centre of the artwork features Past, Present and Emerging and the journey of Royal Life Saving.
Depicted at the top and bottom of the artwork are the eight areas where Royal Life Saving Society are located including Coffs Harbour (Gumbaynggirr country), Illawarra (Dharawal country), Orange (Wiradjuri country), Wagga Wagga (Wiradjuri Country), Australian Capital Territory (Ngunnawal country), Sydney (head office) (Dharug country), Hunter/Newcastle (Wonnarua country) and Tasmania (lutruwita country). Travelling through these regions is shared knowledge from one community to the next.
Surrounding the three motifs at the centre are the core services in which Royal Life Saving NSW has saved lives in the community through: AquaticRisk, Community Education, Health Promotion, Swimming and Lifesaving and Community Engagement.