As the dust settles on our celebrations for NAIDOC week, we have taken a moment to pause and reflect what our involvement and celebration of these events means to us at NEMMS JV.
This brings us naturally back to consider our RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) as a guiding principle on how we go about engaging key groups within our business as we strive to be recognised as a credible aboriginal business in the broader community.

As part of the actions in our RAP we look to engage employees “in continuous cultural learning opportunities to increase understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements”, whilst maintaining our relationships through “promoting reconciliation through ongoing active engagement with all stakeholders.”

To achieve the above goals we approached our planning for NAIDOC week focusing on two key groups; our employees and our clients.

We used the week as an opportunity to raise awareness within our employees as to what NAIDOC week was about and how we as a company are conscious of how we operate and connect to the land and the communities in which we work. Our company wide celebratory barbecues were a great opportunity for us to bring our people together and to start a conversation about our teams and the histories that have shaped them and we have enjoyed hearing feedback from our sites as to how this played out at each event.

In looking to external stakeholders, we relish the opportunity to be able to assist our clients, who have clear objectives about Aboriginal engagement, by involving them in a shared learning experience. To give our activities authenticity it was important to us to engage people and businesses who have the right skills to be able to deliver these outcomes. Our friends at ‘Go Cultural Aboriginal Experiences and Tours’ helped us to bring together some of our clients on a city tour and we journeyed together to explore and understand the development of our city from a different perspective. We learnt about how sacred sites remain within the foundations of Perth’s central business district and that tracks trodden for millennia have become Perth’s roads and highways. The morning proved to be a positive step in sustaining strong connections in our company’s relationships.

Over the next 6 months we are looking at ways in which we can build upon the conversation started in NAIDOC week. How can we sustain the momentum and build upon the bonds formed? Our Indigenous Business Manager will continue to champion the RAP within our organisation and we look forward to our next RAP Working Group meeting where we can develop strategies to keep moving forward on our journey to reconciliation.