NAIDOC Week was celebrated around Australia from July 7-14, with the theme of Voice, Treaty, Truth: Let's work together for a shared future.
Here's a few of the things our team got up to over the week.
The book’s launch coincides with an acute focus on policy to support Aboriginal business growth:
There are now 634 Aboriginal businesses registered with the WA Aboriginal Business Directory, up from about 410 in 2017. Of those the majority (342) are in regional WA, with 32 of those in the South West.
“As an Aboriginal woman and business owner, I live and breathe supplier diversity every day,” Ms Kinsela-Christie said.
“Supplier diversity in Australia provides an opportunity to level the playing field and open up opportunities for Indigenous business.
“It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous people as business owners to own their destiny, to have true self determination and to create businesses that can service and support a community.
“Indigenous businesses are so important to our economy. They are 100 times more likely to employ and retain Indigenous employees. For every dollar spent with an Indigenous business, $4.40 is injected into Indigenous communities.”
It is National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2019, and events are being held across the country to continue and build on the national conversation around the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the broader Australian Community.
This year’s theme is Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage. The National Reconciliation Week website has this to say about the theme:
To celebrate NRW, IPS Operations Manager Jahna Cedar, a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, would like to share two short films about members of her family.
“National Reconciliation Week is a time for all people to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia,” Jahna said.
“These films are some honest truth telling about life in the Pilbara during some tough times.
"The first one is called My Nan and the Yandi. It is a doco about my Great Grandmother (who in customary family structure is my daughter.) It is the story of how she used her Yandi “Coolamon” during the 1930s-40s to collect tin to sell and make money for rations for our family. The second is about my Uncle Dwaine “Billy” Derschaw who bought about traditional fishing rights, through the Federal courts."
Presenter Alan Beattie is a community engagement practitioner with 20 years' experience. He has been involved with a range of projects for the private sector, Commonwealth, State and Local governments and the NFP sector. Alan has been an IAP2 accredited training since 2005, conducting the internationally recognised IAP2 courses in Australia and in internationally.
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