Abergeldie’s Reconciliation Journey
Posted by: mwestby June 9, 2020
Last week, 3 June 2020, marked the conclusion of this year’s National Reconciliation Week. This date is a landmark date commemorating 20th anniversary for when people all over Australia walked across bridges and roads in solidarity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year, Abergeldie officially started its reconciliation journey by lodging our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with Reconciliation Australia. The Reflect RAP is the first step in the journey towards reconciliation where the organisation makes a commitment to work towards a better, more reconciled Australia acknowledging all Australians.
This week, we had the pleasure of introducing our staff to the commencement of Abergeldie’s reconciliation journey. Abergeldie’s mission has always been to build better communities, both tangibly so by enhancing infrastructure and by being actively involved in reputable charity organisations to assist those who need it more. Starting our reconciliation journey naturally forms part of this mission to build a better community for all Australians.
Tuesday 26 May 2020
We started off National Reconciliation Week by telling the story of how Australia’s official reconciliation journey began twenty years ago with the 1967 referendum. If you would like to read more, you can do so via this link [link to blog]. We subsequently invited all staff to join the Reconciliation Working Group, who will drive our journey in the next steps towards reconciliation.
Wednesday 27 May 2020
On Wednesday 27 May 2020, our sites across the states of Australia started their day with an Acknowledgment of Country to pay their respects to the Traditional Owners of the Land, Elders, past, present and emerging.
Wednesday 3 June 2020
Marking the conclusion of National Reconciliation Week 2020, Abergeldie People and Culture team organised lunch for the Parramatta Boardwalk project crew where we had the opportunity to share more information about what Abergeldie’s reconciliation journey may look like.
Exciting times ahead as Abergeldie prepares for the next phase of our journey to reconciliation in partnership with Reconciliation Australia.