“At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.” – Reconciliation Australia
CSV acknowledges that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australian colonial history has been one of devastating dispossession, violence and racism. We are proud to support the bringing together of Traditional Owners and the Victorian climbing community via the commitments documented in our Reconciliation Action Plan. The plan provides commitments under four categories:
We see these commitments as being completely in line with our objective of making climbing locations culturally and environmentally sustainable. We also believe that the results of these actions will significantly enrich our experience of climbing outdoors.
CSV encourages all climbers to support the actions we are taking to support reconciliation and self-determination. We also encourage you to support local events at
National Reconciliation Week and Naidoc Week.
Registered Aboriginal Parties
A key component of our program and our Reconciliation Action Plan is to establish mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal organisations and stakeholders. Our first step in this direction is to make contact with the Registered Aboriginal Parties that have been appointed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council to manage and protect cultural heritage on their country. Information on these Parties and their designated boundaries can be found on the VAHC website: https://www.aboriginalheritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/.