Queensland Museum Network recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first scientists, storytellers, traders and diplomats of Queensland.
We have engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since our inception in 1862.
We take great pride in the many relationships forged with First Nations communities across the globe and we are humbled by the trust instilled in us as a keeping place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material culture, ancestral remains and secret sacred objects.
That said, we recognise that our interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were not always positive. In 2019 we made a public apology for past practices, as the central component of Reflect, our very first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Our Reflect RAP was launched on 20 November 2019 and completed with endorsement of the Queensland Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee on 5 March 2021.
The journey is not over. Reconciliation is a priority in the Strategic Plan 2022-26, and Queensland Museum Network is currently developing an Innovate RAP.
In keeping with the guidelines established by Reconciliation Australia, the activities in our Innovate RAP will celebrate the vibrant living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; acknowledge past injustices; tell hidden histories; and embed First Nations voices as a vital, continuing thread in our organisational fabric.
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