Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Wallmans is excited to launch our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.
Through our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander client organisations, we recognise the importance of committing to the process of reconciliation. To formalise that commitment, we have launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that has been officially endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
Corporate social responsibility is important to our firm culture and we are proud to join the RAP network of more than 2,400 corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia that directly impact more than 3 million Australians at work every day.
As a proud South Australian law firm, Wallmans Lawyers values the connection with local resources and organisations to benefit our state. As such, we aim to bring people of different backgrounds together to learn and grow. The team at Wallmans strive for community involvement and understand the immense value of connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to enhance community, culture and opportunities.
Acknowledgement of Country
We recognise that our offices are on Kaurna Country. We acknowledge the Kaurna People as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, and honour their ongoing spiritual connection to this land.
About our Artwork
Our RAP artwork was based on our goal of bringing people of different backgrounds together to learn and respect each other’s journey/stories whilst focusing on the positive impact of community.
We commissioned Tony Wilson, a South Australian artist of Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Narrunga Nations heritage, to create a bespoke painting on canvas. It was important the artwork incorporated cultural totems of the Kaurna people. Tony has conveyed the historical way of life of the Kaurna people by including Kurraka (magpies) and Tarnda (kangaroo tracks) in the artwork. Below is his description of the message portrayed in his artwork, Listening From the Heart.
Listening From the Heart
An acknowledgement to Country and reconciliation.
When we speak and listen from the heart, we build and restore our relationships, on a foundation of trust and respect.
Open conversations that invite the heart, not just our minds, on a journey navigating our way together, towards true reconciliation. Reconciliation within ourselves and towards each other.
As we follow our RAP journey, Wallmans recognises it is our responsibility to build deeper connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.