As events are held across the country to mark National Reconciliation Week, People’s Choice is proud to say we have started the journey to create our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
At its heart reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians – for the benefit of all.
We're developing a Reflect RAP
With support from across the organisation, People’s Choice is developing a Reflect RAP – a first step – which will drive our reconciliation activity over the next 12 months and, just as importantly, help us to properly and respectfully plan the more substantial efforts that will follow.
“More than 1,000 Australian organisations have developed a formal Reconciliation Action Plan, and we’re keen to join them,” said Maria-Ann Camilleri, Chief Member Officer, who is helping to lead the effort with Executive colleague, Sam Bradley, Chief People & Culture Officer.
“With these small first steps we’re beginning our longer journey – which we believe will benefit our employees, our members and our communities, and contribute to a just, equitable and reconciled future for all Australians.”
We’re considering a range of early steps
As we build our plan, with ongoing guidance from Reconciliation Australia, we’re considering a range of early steps which include greater recognition of the First Nations lands on which we live and work across Australia, developing deeper support systems for First Nations employees, establishing relationships with First Nations stakeholders, displaying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, purchasing goods and services from First Nations organisations, and providing all employees with information and opportunities to make a positive contribution.
One of our values as an organisation has always been to support our communities, and by embarking on this reconciliation process, we’re upholding that value in a clear and very positive way.