Engagement Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Organisations and Communities

Engagement Strategy Purpose and Vision

The purpose of this Engagement Strategy is to prioritise partnerships and collaboration, self determination, inclusion, representation and the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in our organisation and movement.

Our vision for this Engagement Strategy is to create an inclusive, representative, accessible, connected and culturally safe movement for staff, activists, volunteers and community partners who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We are committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the work that we do that impacts their communities. We want to have strong, collaborative and respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.

Themes and Objectives

Our Engagement Strategy has four themes: Culturally safe; Partnerships, Relationships and Collaboration; Representation and Self determination.

Culturally Safe

To provide a culturally safe environment for staff, activists and volunteers who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders within Amnesty International Australia and to increase our understanding and respect of the perspectives and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Partnerships, Relationships and Collaboration

To have strong, respectful, collaborative and positive partnerships and relationships which inform our work, the way we work and help us stand up together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities.

Representation

To increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all levels of our movement and our governance structures.

Self Determination

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms that Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Amnesty International Australia is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, organisations and communities lead and have greater control over the campaigns that affect them and their communities including leading the development, delivery and evaluation of our work.

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