AERO is committed to using evidence to achieve excellence and equity in educational outcomes for First Nations children and young people. We can only realise this commitment by building positive relationships with First Nations peoples and communities and embedding reconciliation in our culture.
AERO_Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

About the plan

AERO knows that listening to, learning from, partnering with and travelling alongside First Nations peoples and communities to understand how best to work together is critical to our success as an organisation.

Our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan sets out the actions AERO will take as we build the role we can play in Australia’s progress towards reconciliation. It focuses on learning as an organisation, supporting individuals in their own thinking about reconciliation, and setting up effective processes and practices for ongoing reconciliation.

We thank Reconcilliation Australia for the guidance they have provided us through this process.

Artist’s statement

The artwork represents the journey of life and our connection to language, spirituality, food, shelter, plants and water. It tells the story of  the universe.

In the centre is the cabbage palm, ma peal, which is central to our lives. My knowledge of ma peal comes from the bush classroom, taught to me by my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who understood the interconnectivity of their surroundings.

This artwork is a declaration of my country and illustrates my rights to its ownership, to its freshwater and saltwater estates, and all the land from Staaten to Nassau River and east to Staaten River National Park.

Ma Wanjibung Pukun (English name, Shaun Edwards)

Keywords: RAP, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples