The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.
Reconciliation Week is a time for reflection, recognition, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It is an important week that holds significance in the history and culture of Australia. In 2023, Reconciliation Week takes on a special meaning as it becomes a platform for the younger generation to raise their voices and be heard in the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
The younger generation’s voice is crucial in the reconciliation movement because they represent the future of Australia. Their perspectives, experiences, and ideas are shaping the direction of the country and the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
“Reconciliation is about building a better nation; a more united Australia that respects and takes pride in 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, stories and achievements; an Australia that believes in the right of First Nations peoples to make decisions about our lives and our communities; and an Australia that stands opposed to racism, inequity and injustice.”
– Karen Mundine Reconciliation Australia CEO
The overriding goal of the ARA Group is to ensure Indigenous employment reflects the percentage of Indigenous people in the Australian community, at a minimum.
Given the uniqueness of the ARA Group businesses, we are in a position to offer various employment, training and career opportunities for First Nation’s People’s, as well as enhance procurement from Indigenous Suppliers. To ensure the success of employment and training ARA has committed to have Senior Indigenous Engagement Managers drive the internal Wiimali initiative.
“We are excited about the continuation of the ARA journey as we play a meaningful role towards reconciliation in Australia. We look forward to strengthening the partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. ARA is committed to making a meaningful contribution.”
– Edward Federman Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer of ARA Group Limited
ARA is also committed to continuous cultural awareness training of all its staff to ensure ARA is a culturally-safe workplace and is committed to contributing financially to Indigneous organisations that support education, literacy and well-being.