RECONCILIATION ACTION PLANS
Balarinji’s ongoing partnership with Stockland has seen Balarinji develop its Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) from 2014 to their current Innovate RAP 2020-2022.
Balarinji’s Reconciliation Action Plan design for Stockland, in both 2014-16, and 2017-19, was 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 Stockland's earlier RAPs 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 commitment of acknowledging, supporting and celebrating Australia’s First Peoples.
For Stockland’s Innovate RAP 2020-2022, Balarinji developed design based on artwork by Maurice Mickelo, a Kabbi-Kabbi man from the Sunshine Coast area, Queensland. Maurice’s artworks are inspired the Dreamtime and the lores passed down to him about looking after the wildlife and the land.