Intrepid Travel acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their ongoing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future, and support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices.
But, as an Australian-based company, we must do more.
We joined the reconciliation movement in 2019, working with First Nations consultants and advisors to release our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a framework to work towards reconciliation. This RAP guided many of our actions over the last 18 months – ensuring cultural training for our Australian-based staff, acknowledgements of country in-office and on-site, and a focus on listening and learning from First Nations people and cultures.
And now, we are proud to announce that our Innovate RAP has been officially endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
Our Innovate RAP will guide us on the next phase over the coming two years and is phase 2 of our 4-stage commitment. It tackles specific actions we will take as a travel company, employer and community partner to ramp up our commitment to reconciliation.
Our Innovate RAP status
We are fully accountable and transparent about our Innovate RAP – you can find out more about the actions we are taking here. Some of these steps, however, are listed below:
- Develop and build more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tour experiences into our itineraries
- Formalise a new partnership with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-profit organisation via our non-profit, The Intrepid Foundation
- Offer internships to First Nations peoples who are interested in pursuing a career in sustainable tourism
- Profile and amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in our media outreach, blog and social storytelling
We are proud to be the first global tour operator to achieve Innovate RAP status and will encourage others in the travel industry and B Corp community to begin their reconciliation journey.
We acknowledge the devastating and lasting effects that colonialism, land dispossession and racism has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We know we need to play our part to close the gap that this legacy has created.
And, we encourage you – our global community of travellers – to join us on this reconciliation journey. These resources have been useful for us, and we hope they will be useful for you too.
- FOLLOW: IndigenousX (Aboriginal-owned independent media company challenging stereotypes)
- LEARN: Path to Equality, Reconciliation Australia
- READ: Talking To My Country, Common Ground, Ascension Mag (Australia’s first Indigenous lifestyle magazine)
- WATCH: In My Blood It Runs, NITV (TV channel broadcasting Indigenous-produced programming)
- SHOP: Clothing The Gap (Aboriginal-owned fashion label with profits supporting Aboriginal health and education)
- SUPPORT: Supply Nation (Australia’s largest directory of verified Indigenous businesses)
- VOLUNTEER/ DONATE: Democracy In Colour, Seedmob, National Justice Project
Learn more about our long-term commitment to engaging with Australia’s First Peoples by visiting our Responsible Business page.
As an Australian-owned business, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and future.