Our vision for reconciliation is to be a faith movement committed to social justice, equity and freedom.
We aim to respect, value and acknowledge the unique cultures, spiritualities, histories and languages of the oldest surviving culture in the world, and to engage in a unified and positive relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
The development and implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) are a key vehicle for driving reconciliation processes. Currently, The Salvation Army is working on RAPs and how we approach reconciliation across the country.
The Salvation Army's Multicultural and Indigenous Australia Council
The Salvation Army's Multicultural and Indigenous Australia Council (SAMIAC) was established at the beginning of 2004.
The mission of SAMIAC is:
- To bring about conciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, minority and non-indigenous peoples through the demonstrated love of Jesus Christ.
- To sow the seeds of Christian faith in indigenous communities without losing relevance to the cultural and ceremonial significance of Aboriginality.
- To present holistic and evangelical theology that is faithful to Scripture and relevant to varied situations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ethnic communities.
- To empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ethnic people to become independent and self-supporting through enterprise and self-worth.
Reconciliation Action Plan
In 2015, The Salvation Army launched their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in NSW, QLD and the ACT.
This plan focusses on three key areas:
- Good relationships – based on trust, understanding, communication and mutual respect.
- Respect – showing pride in the cultures that have existed in this country for tens of thousands of years and in the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Australia’s development.
- Opportunities – creating avenues that will achieve equality in life expectancy, education, employment and all the important measurable areas of disadvantage
In 2016, the Victorian RAP was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and was officially launched on December 2, 2016. This Victorian Reflect RAP is a commitment to work towards Reconciliation and to support our social programs and corps across the State to better engage with local Aboriginal communities.
The Salvation Army’s national Reconciliation Action Plan will be developed in 2020.