Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners/Custodians of the lands on which we work and live on across Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to collaboration that furthers self-determination and creates a better future for all.
We acknowledge the world is changing and that all of the challenges facing our society will be more deeply felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Embedding a cultural lens across all of TACSI’s work must be a priority in any strategy that is created and implemented.
Our leadership statement
We believe it’s unacceptable that systems designed to support people maintain the ongoing impacts of colonisation and intergenerational trauma. We have a responsibility to be part of this change.
Standing in our commitment, we respect that we, TACSI, as individuals and as a whole have a lot to learn about how to further self-determination. Each step must begin with acknowledging the true history of harm done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In our choices, we seek to learn the many ways to let go of power, and building deep, authentic and meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, organisations and communities is a critical part of this journey as well. Walking together and with compassion, we seek to learn from and build on over 70,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience and wisdom.
Without having all the answers, we are moving forward. We have the conviction that disrupting disadvantage, reaching the heart of intergenerational trauma and furthering self-determination is achieved by inspiring, influencing and unlocking the potential people hold. We will achieve this by building our connection and responsibility to one another.