Our Commitment to Reconciliation
ECTARC Early Education and Training services head office is located on Dharawal land at Warrawong NSW and provides Early Education and Care services to children and families across the Dharawal and Yuin nations in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. In addition, we deliver vocational training to students studying and working on many different regional, remote and metropolitan Aboriginal lands across Australia. Our Queensland office is located on Yugambeh land in Logan QLD.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands across this country we live in and share. We recognise and value the strengths, skills and contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our organisation and the wider community.
At ECTARC our vision for reconciliation is to deepen our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, and rights promoting an organisational culture of respect, equality, equity, and cultural safety. We envisage an Australia where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participate equally in early childhood education and training to achieve best educational outcomes. Through our work with young children, families, students, and the community we hope to contribute to an Australian society that proudly recognises, celebrates and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
ECTARC Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Our inaugural RAP is a significant milestone for the organisation as we celebrate 35 years of operation. We are proud to embrace and celebrate Australia’s First Nations culture as we commit to prioritise positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The journey we have undertaken to develop this RAP, has strengthened our understanding of and commitment to practices of reconciliation ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, heritage, culture and traditions are valued and visible across the organisation now and into the future.
Jan Langtry, ECTARC CEO