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Ensuring your council is a culturally safe organisation is foundational for any work with First Peoples. Councils who are working to create sustainable models for council practices should begin with a basis of cultural safety for councillors, employees and constituents.
Reconciliation work must be deep to be meaningful and without your council being culturally safe, many community members will be unwilling to share their truths and provide honest feedback. This will damage the legitimacy of your overall work. For example, it will be difficult for your council to have an effective and genuine partnership with a Voice to Council without first ensuring that the Voice is part of a broader organisation that is knowledgeable, understanding, responsive and safe.
Cultural awareness and cultural competency are key components in fostering organisational cultural safety. It is important for council’s to distinguish the differences between cultural safety, cultural awareness and cultural competency and the important role each of these play in achieving meaningful reconciliation and building capacity across the organisation.
Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training | Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
Cultural Awareness Training | Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Cultural Awareness Training | Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd. (VACSAL)
Building Aboriginal Cultural Safety in the Workplace | Koorie Heritage Trust
Building Blocks to Organisational Cultural Responsiveness Toolkit | Inner North West Primary Care Partnership
Identifying and Addressing Organisational White Privilege | Bendigo Reconciliation CommitteeAboriginal Cultural Capability Toolkit | Victorian Public Sector Commission