Paul Herzich, a Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man from South Australia and an AILA Registered Landscape Architect, created the artwork for the Reflect RAP.
The artwork illustrates the 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the 200 or so years of non-indigenous cultures as white and blue stars above the Country.
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AILA’s Acknowledgement of Country: We acknowledge and respect Traditional Owners across Australia as the original custodians of our land and waters, their unique ability to care for country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom has and will ensure the continuation of cultures and traditional practices.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) following a year of collaborative work by AILA’s Connection to Country Committee.
AILA is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse profession by encouraging and supporting our members to expand their cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
As built environment professionals who engage with land, places, cultures, history, people, natural systems and built context, landscape architects seek to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The development of AILA’s RAP allows us to better advocate for a ‘Connection to Country’ approach to landscape planning, design and management on all our projects, in varying contexts and across many scales.
Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, AILA’s Reflect RAP will facilitate the development of a deeper level of respect in our members and staff for Traditional Custodians and their relationship with the landscape. The Reflect RAP focuses on 15 actions in the key areas of Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance, and will be implemented over the next 12 months through state chapter led events and the ongoing sharing of information.
AILA's Reconciliation Action Plan from AILA on Vimeo.
About the Connection to Country Committee
The ‘Connection to Country’ Committee comprises four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Ambassadors, twelve AILA members from State and Territory Chapters, and two AILA National executive staff.
The committee members are:
- Noel Nannup (Whadjuk Nyoongar/Yindjibarndi Nation)
- Aunty Ruby Sims (Wangerriburra/Mununjali Nation)
- Aunty Lynette Crocker (Kaurna Nation)
- Paul Herzich (Co-Chair, Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri Nation)
- Reuben Berg (Gunditjmara Nation)
- Jared Barnes (Co-Chair, SA)
- Sara Padgett Kjaesgaard (AILA Board Representative)
- Tim Arnold (AILA CEO)
- Blanka Sparovec (ACT)
- Sue Barnsley (NSW)
- Ross Mills (NSW)
- Catherine Brouwer (QLD)
- Lani Roberts (QLD)
- Anne-Marie Pisani (VIC)
- Jill Orr-Young (VIC)
- Grant Revell (WA)
- Greg Grabasch (WA)
- Lucy Sheaves, AILA’s Executive Administration Coordinator, provides committee support.