Aboriginal people & communities

Our commitment to Aboriginal people and communities

We have a Reconciliation Action Plan and an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy to further develop our relationships with the Aboriginal stakeholders in Western Australia.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan has measurable targets that demonstrate our commitment to employ Aboriginal Australians, develop and recognise Aboriginal people across our organisation and further our knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal cultures.

We endorse the vision of a nation that recognises the culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, values their participation and provides equal life chances for all.

We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the first Australians and have a dedicated Statement of Commitment to guide our management of Aboriginal issues.

We are committed to building long term sustainable relationships based on mutual respect and trust.

NAIDOC Week 2017

This year, we once again proudly recognised NAIDOC Week through a series of events in line with the official theme for 2017 – Our Languages Matter

The 2017 theme aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Aboriginal languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Traditional Aboriginal dance as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations

Staff from our Aboriginal Affairs branch attend NAIDOC Week celebrations

Film screenings, dance performances, award presentations and a traditional Aboriginal food tasting were run throughout the week to celebrate the rich cultural importance of the Dreamtime.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.

Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups.

"Our celebrations are an opportunity for us to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our identity as a nation and to our organisation," said our CEO, Sue Murphy. 

"Our participation in Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC is a symbol of our respect for the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and our commitment to making sure that Aboriginal people have the same opportunities as non-Aboriginal Australians."

Special guests at NAIDOC Week celebrations 2016

Image: (from left to right) Lynette Lund (Aboriginal Affairs), CEO Sue Murphy, Dr Richard Walley OAM and Vanessa Kickett (Aboriginal Affairs)
at NAIDOC Week celebrations 2016

Dancers at NAIDOC Week 2016 celebrations

Image: Gilmore College Deadly Sista Girlz Dancers at NAIDOC Week celebrations 2016

Aboriginal Partnerships

We look to develop future generations by supporting programs for young Australians that will increase their knowledge, life skills and career prospects. 

Some of our key partnerships are:

  • Clontarf Foundation 
  • Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Roelands Village Community.