As Reconciliation Week draws to a close we though members might like an update regarding the AAA Reconciliation Action Plan.

At the start of 2018 we established a subcommittee tasked with drafting the AAA RAP.

At last years AGM we announced that the draft plan was complete and requested funds to use for a consultation phase.

In Feb/March we sent out over 1,000 consultation emails and phone calls to any and all registered Native Title and other Indigenous representative groups regarding consultation.  We then sent out the draft to those (only a small number) who asked to be involved and will be checking on this soon.

We have also met and have very productive discussions with the Australian Indigenous Archaeological Association and have their feedback incorporated in the RAP, and are starting work on a draft MOU between our two Associations.

The next stage will be the coordination of a series of workshops held around Australia between July and September where we encourage all AAA members to attend, and get involved in the reconciliation conversation with the subcommittee.  This will be followed by an email out of the final RAP to all members (likely in October).

The final stage will be to seek formal endorsement of the RAP at the 2019 AGM during the Gold Coast Conference – yet another great reason for everyone to attend AAA this year!

Its never too late to get involved in this AAA project, and if you would like to be a part of the RAP subcommittee please get in contact at president@australianarchaeology.com