NAIDOC Week (7 – 14 July 2019) celebrates the rich culture, history, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's NAIDOC Week theme is "Voice. Treaty. Truth." and stands as an invitation to all Australians to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in a movement for a better future. The theme captures the three key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which are constitutional change, legislative change, and the Makarrata Commission.
The week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life – offering us all a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and show our support for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
How do we engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?
Community consultation, appropriate acknowledgement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and cultural heritage management are all features of many of our active power stations, as well as our power development projects across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.
We established an Indigenous Engagement Working Group to help identify initiatives to foster meaningful engagement and long-term pathways of support. This working group comprises employees from diverse areas of our business and the regions we operate in.
We are also developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, and in doing this we are joining more than 650 other Australian organisations working to build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
We still have more to do though, and we acknowledge this needs to be a planned, and ongoing program of engagement and recognition. In terms of achieving success – this ultimately will be decided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, not AGL.
How we’re recognising NAIDOC week this year
While our commitment to best meeting and exceeding the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities extends beyond NAIDCO Week, we are embracing NAIDOC week to show our respect for and acknowledgement of our traditional landowners.
Our Indigenous Engagement Working Group and some passionate honorary members have been busy planning a variety of celebrations across most of AGL's locations.
AGL’s sites across Australia have special community celebrations planned that are unique to the culture and relationships across their regions and communities. Many of these celebrations will be led by local elders or community leaders.
At Eastwood, we will be hosting a Welcome to Country, digeridoo performance in traditional clothing, and bush tucker morning tea.
On June 29, we also sponsored the Kalaya Children's Centre NAIDOC Children's Ball. The Kalaya Children’s Centre is an incorporated, not-for-profit, integrated Department of Education and Child Development site with an Aboriginal focus. This event is pictured in our slider below.
AGL Loy Yang
AGL Loy Yang are holding a morning tea, followed by a flag raising and smoking ceremony. Black Satin, an indigenous band, are also playing.
At Macquarie we will have a local dance group performing, as well as a smoking ceremony. There will also be a digeridoo player and lunch to follow.
Foyer morning tea catered by Charcoal Lane, a Mission Australia enterprise whose purpose is to provide opportunity and career pathways for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders.
A Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, vocal performance in the Dhudhuroa language, and a Dreamtime storytelling session that links AGL Mount Beauty to the Bogong Moth and the Pygmy Possum, the Rockshelters and our work in Natural Resources Management and Integrated Water Management across the Peatlands.
Newcastle Gas Storage Facility
Hosting a barbeque with local community members to build connections and forge real relationships. We also unveiled our newly commissioned artwork titled “Sunrise over Country” painted by a local Worimi Artist.
In addition to prominent signage and flags, morning tea is being provided by Dreamtime Tuka, an Aboriginal owned and operated business that focuses on providing quality food products using traditional ingredients throughout every recipe.