It’s impossible for a non-Indigenous person to know the full depth and range of disadvantage and discrimination that runs through our history since colonisation.
At HOPE, we are investing in making that right, and you can read further down about the actions we’re taking.
What we want you to know is that, no matter what the skin colour of the HOPE people involved, we deliver services that do help improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially young people.
We’re about results, not vague talk: we work at the pointy end of people affected by alcohol and other drugs, poor health (physical / mental / emotional / spiritual), and people involved with the justice system.
Positive steps HOPE has taken to advance Indigenous lives
HOPE services recognise the different cultures, values and needs of Aboriginal people and are accredited against the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) Standard on Culturally Secure Practice.
We work in regional WA, especially where there are concentrations of Indigenous people in need, including around Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Leonora and Kununurra. Services are checked against Indigenous reference groups.
HOPE maintains effective partnerships and formal MOU’s with Bega Garnbirringu Health Services in Kalgoorlie, the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation in Geraldton, the Ngalang Boodja Council Aboriginal Corporation and Peedac in Perth. Informal working relationships are maintained with Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and Meedac in Geraldton.
We recognise Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week, and NAIDOC week through activities involving staff and clients.
HOPE has more than 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and one of our board members is Aboriginal.
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been in place since 2015; currently we are working on a Stretch RAP. Monthly meetings of our RAP Committee, with Aboriginal staff and community members, tracks our progress toward our goals.