National Reconciliation Week 2022
As part of our ongoing reconciliation journey, we’re proud to mark National Reconciliation Week 2022!
Our journey began in 2018 when we reached out to our local Aboriginal communities to explore learning and partnership opportunities with Traditional Owners.
There are six Aboriginal communities in our service region, including the three Registered Aboriginal Parties of Yorta Yorta Nation and the Taungurung Clans. Also represented in our service region are the Duduroa Dhagal, Dhudhuroa Waywurru, Yaitmathang and Dalka Warra Mittung communities.
In the last five years, we’ve taken the following steps on our reconciliation journey:
- Developed our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2020-21
- Developed our Innovate Reconciliation Plan 2021-23
- Implemented Aboriginal recognition protocols
- Provided cultural awareness training to all staff by a member of the Wiradjuri community
- Conducted cultural heritage assessments at three of our sites (registering several scar trees)
- Pursued targeted Aboriginal employment opportunities
- Welcomed an Independent Aboriginal Delegate to the North East Water Board for a 12 month term (and opened EOI's for another term in 2022-23)
- Participated in (and hosted) annual NAIDOC and National Reconciliation Week events
- Partnered with Murray Arts, Burraja Gallery and local government agencies to host four annual exhibitions of Aboriginal art, and
- Installed flagpoles at our head office in Wodonga featuring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
We recognise we have more to do and more to learn, but we’re excited to be on this journey and to take another step towards an inclusive and just country.
Visit the official National Reconciliation Week website to find how you can be brave and take action to make change.