ICEA's Overarching purpose is to achieve reconciliation through mutual respect for all Australians.
According to Reconciliation Australia, the majority of young Australians (81%) have a strong desire to advance reconciliation, but less than half know how to go about it.
We believe that to facilitate truly genuine reconciliation and mutual respect, it is important to work with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together. For this reason, our programs don’t solely focus on one or the other group, but instead bring Western Australian youth together.
Our philosophy is that everyone undergoes his or her own reconciliation learning journey, or ‘Kuditjiny’ ('journey of attaining more knowledge' in Noongar.) Our actions are driven by the belief that we can support this journey through:
Facilitating positive experiences
Building strong, genuine relationships
Fostering greater cross-cultural understanding
To realise our vision of national reconciliation, our members undertake a broad range of activities. Through the efforts of young ICEA leaders and volunteers, our fun and inclusive programs aim to promote mutual respect and cultural awareness in local schools and in the wider community.
From primary school students to young graduates, our activities provide unique opportunities for young people to form a greater understanding of Indigenous culture, gain meaningful friendships, break down cultural barriers and build their inner strength and confidence.
Our programs are designed to empower participants by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, connections and resources they require to become advocates for reconciliation in Western Australia. Participants also have a chance to develop experience in leadership, mentoring, activism and event coordination – all of which not only benefit those who take part, but the broader communities they belong to.
What makes us unique is that we inspire young people through activities that bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together in a genuinely inclusive, fun way. We have a range of programs that you can get involved in – from high schools across the state, to Perth beaches, to remote regions of the Kimberley: