Walk together with Courage

National Reconciliation Week was marked across our sites with our Project Managers and Supervisor’s presenting a slideshow about the week, organised and supported by our Indigenous Business Team. As we increase in size it is important that as a company we take time to reflect on the important issues facing our Indigenous colleagues and the wider community of the areas in which we operate using week’s like this to encourage conversation and these sessions as a starting point to learning.

Our photo captures the Dampier team’s morning tea. Operations Manager, Jason Gore told us that his team shared some very personal stories about their families’ experience. One of our team sharing his mother’s brave actions to shield her kids from being taken by the authorities and being part of the Stolen Generation.This makes us acutely aware of the real and present issues facing our team members and highlights the importance of our support mechanisms for all our staff to feel they work in a culturally safe and inclusive environment.

Reconciliation Australia tells us that “Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.”

At NEMMS JV we support these conversations and agree with Reconciliation Australia “Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.”

We are looking forward to planning for NAIDOC week coming up in July and fostering opportunities throughout the year for our staff to share their stories together.