Launch of the first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) by CEWA Categories: Documents Timelines: Historical Timeline

Our history in Aboriginal education dates back as far as 1847, with reconciliation emerging as a system focus more recently.

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) are committed to ensuring that our schools and workplaces are welcoming communities that embrace the diversity of our members. We strive to honour the importance of Aboriginal cultures in our society. The CEWA offices are committed to providing assistance to schools as we strive to offer a culturally responsive education for Aboriginal students. The CEWA offices seek to promote reconciliation through our work, and support schools in creating opportunities for all staff, students and families to learn about and engage with Aboriginal histories and cultures. The CEWA offices’ RAP and our Transforming Lives: Strategy 2025 document lay out achievable, measurable targets that will indicate our reconciliation vision is being fulfilled.

Our second CEWA office RAP is intended to strengthen our commitment to reconciliation across the State and formalise this commitment with a strategy for action. The second CEWA office RAP was developed by the RAP Governance Group, consisting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal CEWA office staff from across the State and a range of roles. It aims to build upon the focus of our inaugural RAP, with updated actions reflecting areas where progress was not made, and new actions created where the RAP Governance Group saw a need. Reflection on our first RAP journey has illustrated the need to ensure consistent and ongoing focus is given by both the RAP Governance Group and wider office community to ensure that efforts are maximised in order to meet the goals we have set in this new document. This RAP sets out formal Terms of Reference for our RAP Governance Group for the first time. The Director Governance, Strategy, Communications and Digital Technology remains responsible for championing our RAP, with representation required from each Directorate, and at least two Aboriginal staff members.