NA Group is proud to announce that Reconciliation Australia have officially endorsed our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document with practical plans for action that sets out how we have committed to contribute to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our vision for reconciliation encompasses a business that is culturally safe and welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will strive to encourage and implement change that actively contributes towards unity and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
We envision a work culture that fosters integrity with staff that are passionate about equity, historical acceptance, and the removal of negative race relations organisationally and throughout our communities.
The strategies outlined in our RAP will create an opportunity for our staff to contribute to drive the culture of NA Group towards heightened equality and equity, historical acceptance, and removal of negative race relations.
Our vision also includes actively supporting integrity and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians not just within our business but also within our community.
We know that even after we have achieved all our goals outlined in this RAP, there will still be more work to do. We are proud to be working towards understanding and improving the lives of the Traditional Owners of the land.
National Reconciliation Week 2022
Be Brave. Make Change.
By making a change, we can collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To mark NRW 2022 at NA Group, we invited Aunty Lyn Martin, an Elder of the Darug Nation to speak to our staff about how we can all contribute to reconciliation. Local Elder Aunty Lola also joined us and Wendy Lindsay, MP for East Hills.
We also enjoyed a bush tucker feast catered by Goanna Hut and welcomed Tricksta the Barista to supply tea, coffee and hot chocolates to our staff.
We welcomed Yamandirra from Giralang Guwal to perform and teach us about the ancient Aboriginal custom of the smoke ceremony.
The NA Group team participated in a screening of a documentary overviewing the history and events that led up to the draw up and delivery of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. As a team we discussed the importance and relevance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, led by our Director, Nick Argyropoulos.
NAIDOC Week 2022
NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) occurs annually in July, and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our team enjoyed treats by Goanna Hut made with native ingredients like lemon myrtle, ribery rose, emu apple and bush tomato.
We also discussed and learned about influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in history. In particular we learned about William Cooper. William Cooper was an inspirational Aboriginal leader in New South Wales and Victoria in the early part of the 20th century and a founding secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League.
The league was created to lobby state and federal governments on behalf of Aboriginal people. He is also known as the Father of the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), an annual event that is celebrated to this day.
NA Group continues to strive to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to continue educating our team. Through education we can work towards achieving the NAIDOC Week theme for 2022:
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.