NAIDOC 2021

We’re Engage Squared.  

We come from Jagera Country, Turrbal Country, Gadigal Country, Bunurong Boon Wurrung Country, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, Nyoongar Country, Dja Dja Wurrung Country and Taungurung Country. These Peoples are the traditional custodians of the lands where we live and work, and we pay our respects to their leaders and Elders past, present and emerging.  

What is NAIDOC week? 

NAIDOC week is about celebrating the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The theme this year is ‘heal country’ – a theme that celebrates the victories of the reconciliation movement and acknowledges that we still have a long way to go. In the spirit of this week, we are excited to share that Engage Squared has registered with Reconciliation Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). 

Our commitment

Our RAP will provide us with a strategic framework that will drive Engage Squared’s contributions to the movement for reconciliation. We’re committed to creating a culturally safe and welcoming work environment that has the potential to foster deeper connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A RAP provides Engage Squared with the opportunity to have Indigenous perspectives brought into our business’ strategic mindset. It allows everyone in the Engage Squared community a chance to contribute and benefit from advancing reconciliation.  

We are developing a foundational Reflect RAP with the intention to of expanding and changing in later years as we grow as a company and as an agent of reconciliation. Our RAP will be flexible and evolve as our business does, aligning with our goals, actions and outcomes. This structure will allow us to develop our contributions to the reconciliation movement in new and innovative ways.  

Developing a RAP is our way of applying what we learn during National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and National Apology Day in a meaningful, considered and impactful way. It’s about listening and learning from members of our community that continue a culture that extends 40,000 years. It’s an opportunity to have a say about the direction our country and shows our company’s attitude toward creating an inclusive, welcoming and fair Australia for everyone – it’s a part of our vision for Australia’s future.  

For more information about Reconciliation Australia and creating a RAP, please visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/. They have some great resources if you’re starting to think about developing a RAP yourself and they provide additional support when you register. And finally, check out COVID safe ways to participate in NAIDOC Week this year by reading these top 20 tips.

About the author

Michael Kerridge is a Project Administrator at Engage Squared. New to his profession, Michael has a background working in the administration of both public and private law, and has an interest in the intersection of technology and law, compliance, and contracts management. He works in our Brisbane office and studies law at the Queensland University of Technology.

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