Reconciliation Week

Published on Saturday, 29 May 2021 at 2:50:00 PM

This week is National Reconciliation Week, and the theme for Reconciliation week 2021 is “More than a Word”. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has had a Reconciliation Action Plan in place since 2018. This week allows us to reflect on what we have learned so far on our journey to reconciliation and what still needs to be done.

Our next “Innovate” Reconciliation Action Plan is our commitment to taking further action, not just this week, but always. The Reconciliation Action Plan is a genuine and honest commitment to work together to drive opportunity, help close the gap for Indigenous people, create a diverse and inclusive workforce that is respectful of cultural differences, and leave a lasting legacy of reconciliation in the City.

Work around reconciliation by the City dates back to around the year 2000, and has been an ongoing focus for the City through different initiatives, but one thing the City has continued to do is look at ways that we can continue to develop and grow employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people in our City.

It is the City’s commitment to close the gap and drive improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the community. Helping to identify and promote jobs and biggest thing we can do to close the gap and support Aboriginal people in our community, and the City will work with our community to solve problems and generate success that is in everyone’s best interests, and promote reconciliation through our sphere of influence.

As an organisation, the City is committed to having a workforce with strong and inclusive representation of Aboriginal people, and we continue to look at ways that we can be respectful and inclusive in our operations, such as offering an acknowledgement of country at the start of all of our meetings and events.

Over the past few years, the City has been working to improve opportunities for local people which in turn will result in a more prosperous future for the City. As we move forward, it is our goal to create an inclusive community based on respectful relationships, cultural understanding, and the positive promotion of local history, customs and traditions.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of more than 1000 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have formally committed to reconciliation through the Federal Government process.

I’d like to see such progress with reconciliation that one day, the concept, actions and outcomes of the reconciliation process we are working through today are so ingrained in our day to day values, beliefs and actions that there will no longer be a need for a Reconciliation Action Plan. Whilst that day is a long way off, until then we will work together as a community with the one aim.

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