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Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
"Reconciliation is an issue of national importance. I hope our RAP will establish strong foundations for us to build our firm's understanding and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture. We look forward to sharing our journey with our people, our clients and the broader community."
Andrew Willder - Chief Executive Partner
Lander & Rogers' RAP, launched in November 2014, is about recognising the relationships we already have and work we currently do with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations, identifying where we can do better and converting this momentum into a framework with accountability to track both our progress and challenges.
We are proud to be involved in working towards genuine reconciliation in Australia. With our RAP, we aspire to create mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships from which respect and real opportunities can grow.
We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the firm's Aboriginal Advisory Council, Karly Warner and Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Pam Pederson, who have provided us with great insight, encouragement and support as we embark on our RAP journey.
"Our firm is already doing great work in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sector, through our partnerships with and support of organisations such as the Cathy Freeman Foundation, the Warmun Art Centre, and Family Violence Prevention Legal Service. However, we recognise that there is still much to do in order to close the education, health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal Australians."
Joanna Renkin - Pro Bono Partner
Warmun Art Centre
In 2013, Lander & Rogers was partnered with Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley through the Arts Law Centre Adopt a Lawyer program. We work with the Art Centre to respond to its legal needs and assist it in supporting strong community and culture in Warmun. Our engagement with Gija people of the East Kimberley is enriching our firm's knowledge and understanding of language and culture. We are pleased to be able to deepen our relationship through personal engagement of our people through legal work, secondment and annual visits to Warmun.
Willum Warrain Gathering Place Hastings, Victoria
This year, we were pleased to attend the formal launch of the Willum Warrain Gathering Place in Hastings and to learn that it had been one of three successful recipients of a place in the Woor-Dungin Partnership Program. We have worked with Willum Warrain over a long period, providing governance advice, legal assistance as well as general support.
Cathy Freeman Foundation
Lander & Rogers has worked in partnership with the Cathy Freeman Foundation since 2010 to support positive life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Through our legal work and community engagement, we have supported the Foundation's objectives to build pathways to a brighter future through education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, initially on Palm Island and, more recently, nationally.
Human rights, bi-lingual learning and anti-discrimination
Since 2009, Lander & Rogers has worked on anti-discrimination and human rights matters, providing critical legal advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals, assisting them to be heard and enabling positive outcomes to be negotiated.
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
Lander & Rogers has provided pro bono legal advice to AFVPLS since 2009. The Service performs vital work building knowledge, culture and helping to empower women so they are able to move away from family violence and build new lives where they can contribute to their community and ensure strong family foundations for their children.