We’re building a strong culture and practice that enables us to walk alongside the people we support and remain true to our foundation as a faith-based organisation.

Our commitment to Reconciliation

We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ special and unique connection to lands, waters and Country.

Sadly, we lost our Cultural architect and respected Noongar Elder, colleague and friend, Aunty Djidi Djidi Josey Hansen in December 2020. This will have a lasting impact on everyone who knew her. And as part of our ongoing cultural learning, we understand that our formal grieving for Josey will last a year.

In Josey’s absence, we’ve felt the need to collectively regroup and reconvene.

While Josey encouraged Reconciliation to be the beating heart of our organisation and supported us to feel this from our hearts, the wisdom and cultural authority she held cannot be understated. With that in mind, we’re
re-tracing some of our steps in order to recover and find our way forward.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

In April 2020, Uniting team members gathered to discuss and workshop issues that have been identified but not yet actioned in response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Our team reviewed the Uluru Statement from the Heart to understand its purpose and significance, so that we can understand the actions we can take, both individually and collectively, to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. As a result of this workshop, we wrote to the Prime Minister to voice our support. 

Reconcilliation Week 2021

Uniting Cultural Navigator, Tee Jay Worrigal, had his work displayed as the official artwork for Reconciliation Week 2021 banners across Perth and WA.

Tee Jay’s artwork, called Gooniyandi Riwya, means ‘My country, my homeland.’ It features the colours of WA and symbolises the rebirth that occurs after the burning of country, a traditional part of Aboriginal culture.

Uniting was proud to sponsor a number of Reconciliation Week banners in the Perth CBD.

Tee Jay was born in Derby and raised on Gooniyandi Country. He was taught to paint by family elders including Marjorie Cox and Frank Gardiner (of Balgo). The stunning landscape and mighty Fitzroy River inspired Tee Jay’s work which focuses on the themes of rebirth, regrowth and beauty.

You can read more about Tee Jay and his artwork on our website.

Djidi Djidi Training Space

Aunty Josey had a strong commitment to sharing in the journeys of others, and we’re so fortunate we had the chance to ask Josey to agree to name our new training space after her before she passed. We’re so pleased to be able to acknowledge and honour her in this way.