RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN
Balarinji’s Reconciliation Action Plan design for Stockland, in both 2014-16, and 2017-19, is inspired by the nationwide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practice of basket weaving. Baskets are used for collecting food for survival, medicine for health and ochre for ceremony: these practical objects are everyday tools for physical and spiritual wellbeing. Baskets have been traditionally traded across vast geographical distances where they are exchanged as economic currency.
The weavers’ skills have been passed down from generation to generation to preserve and regenerate cultural knowledge. The contemporary Balarinji colour palette of the weavings in the Stockland Reconciliation Action Plan expresses the dynamic evolution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultural practices that stretch across Australia today. The practical, economic and cultural language of basket weaving speaks to Stockland’s Reconciliation Action Plan commitment of acknowledging, supporting and celebrating Australia’s First Peoples’.