Queensland Museum Network celebrates launch of first Reconciliation Action Plan

20 November 2019

Queensland Museum Network has launched its first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with the aim of representing and respectfully showcasing the contributions and stories of Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders through research, exhibitions and programming.

Developed by the Queensland Museum Network Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, the plan outlines the actions the organisation will take on its journey towards achieving reconciliation and strengthening its relationships with Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the RAP marks a major milestone for the Network as it joins thousands of organisations on the journey towards reconciliation for all Australians.  

“We are very proud to launch our first RAP today as we apologise for the actions of our past, focus on relationships, respect and opportunities, and outline the actions the Network will commit to undertaking to establish the right foundations for sustainable change,” Dr Thompson said. 

“Historically some past practices of museums were not respectful to Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, however we now look to right these wrongs, and embrace a more inclusive and celebrated future.
“The RAP will ensure the next stage of our story is more meaningful and mutually beneficial to improve our relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said the Reconciliation Action Plan was an important step in acknowledging the past and working towards closing the gap.

“First Nations peoples and their stories of long connection to country, form a critical part of Queensland’s cultural identity, and this Plan provides a model to ensure traditional knowledge and cultural practice as acknowledged by Australia’s First Nations peoples is reflected in the Museum’s practice.”

To celebrate the launch of the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan Queensland Museum is proud to present a new Indigenous exhibition, Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia which opens on Saturday 30 November.  

This immersive exhibition tells the story of the origins of yidaki (didjeridu) and illustrates the importance of the instrument in Aboriginal life and culture. 

Media Contact:
Kylie Hay - Queensland Museum, (07) 3842 9388 | 0434 565 852 
Christine Robertson - Queensland Museum, (07) 3840 7789 | 0417 741 710