To coincide with 2022 NAIDOC Week, Screenworks is excited to announce our inaugural Reflect RAP which has recently been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. This has been developed over the past 18 months in consultation with local Elders and First Nations community representatives, in addition to Indigenous film & TV industry representatives.
By implementing this RAP, Screenworks is demonstrating our commitment to engaging and strengthening our cultural, spiritual and educational knowledge. We have a collective drive to be part of a society that values and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage, and to have a shared national identity.
Screenworks will endeavour to appropriately address questions and enquiries that come to us about the depiction of First Nations people on screen. To ensure that we are giving suitable advice to Screenworks members and to work with First Nations people to become an industry leader in culturally appropriate protocols for filming.
These are our first steps towards reconciliation. As a result of increased consultation with First Nations people in recent months, we now know we need to develop better cultural understanding so that we can create and co-design relevant and culturally safe pathways in the future.