Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement of Commitment

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement of Commitment.

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Awabakal people, and recognises their continuing connection to land, water and community of Belmont. We extend respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, and to Elders both past and present and acknowledge our youth, our future leaders.

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the regrettable circumstances that allowed Indigenous children to be forcibly removed from their families and we say “sorry”.

We understand that the impacts of forced removal are still part of the lives of many Indigenous people today. We commit to allow Indigenous people to heal and understand that grieving will take time. We look forward to learning more about our shared heritage and encouraging goodwill between the culturally diverse families of Australia.

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre supports the vision of a united Australia respecting this land of ours, valuing the Indigenous heritage and providing justice and equity for all.  Belmont Neighbourhood Centre commits to working with all Australians working together for a national Treaty or other instrument of reconciliation and the provision of culturally appropriate services and programs for all Australians.

Equity and Diversity

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre is committed to ensuring that its operations are informed and guided by human rights and anti-discrimination legislation that ensure it delivers services and staffing free from any form of discrimination or harassment.

Our interpretation of diversity is:

Understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

We recognize and celebrate the diversity in our community. We welcome people from all walks of life.