We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our schools and offices are placed. We are inspired and nurtured by the wisdoms, spiritualities and experiences of our First Nations Peoples. Together we work actively for reconciliation, justice, equity and healing.
Since 2009, the EREA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy has guided and informed EREA in the development of initiatives, programs and goals for promoting Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition as a genuine option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. In 2014, EREA released its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Response following a full review of the previous policy. In 2019, EREA launches its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to support to guide our reconciliation journey. The three pillars of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities are core to this journey.
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) proudly presents our first National Office Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. EREA schools are a diverse collection of educational centres offering a liberating education, based upon a Gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity. These schools reflect the diversity of the Australian community – early learning, primary and secondary, all-boys and co-education, alternative education, boarding schools, education for those with disabilities and for refugees, inner-city, urban, rural and remote schools.
Within the global concept of solidarity, our schools are called to live out the radical message of love and inclusion particularly in regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, refugees, people of other faiths, races, sexual orientation and gender.
This hope for transformation calls EREA communities into critical reflection, ensuring that the vision of Edmund Rice is lived out faithfully within the agenda of the world.