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Reconciliation – Churchill’s pathway

Reconciliation – Churchill’s pathway

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Aaron Ryder explains how Churchills is approaching reconciliation in order to become the change we want to see in the world

In line with our purpose to build a more prosperous and vibrant Western Australia, Churchill has started work towards completing its Reflect level in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Our RAP aims to demonstrate Churchill’s commitment to providing tangible and substantiative benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Straight slander peoples, increasing economic equity, and supporting First Nations self-determination.

Churchill is being supported through this journey towards reconciliation by Professor Simon Forrest, a highly respected Whajuk Nyungar Elder, who is supporting us by providing education, challenge, and mentorship in our efforts to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.

Earlier in 2022, Churchill Staff participated in an On-Country Day, where we retraced the journey taken by Governor James Stirling and John Septimus Roe from Perth to banks of the Murray River near Pinjarra to lead an attack on a family group of Binjareb Nyungar who were camped on those banks.

The journey to Pinjarra provided Churchill’s people an opportunity to learn more about Perth and Western Australia’s colonial history. The journey started under the foot of the Narrows bridge, a monument to how much our landscape has changed, with some seemingly simple questions about our history: when did non-Aboriginal people first come to what is now known as Perth? Who was the first non-Aboriginal person to sail up the Swan River? And how did Perth acquire its name?

The journey culminated in a moment of silence at the memorial site of the Pinjarra Massacre, a humble site whose gravity belies its stature. We were asked to leave a small piece of ourselves at this site and take home with us a new appreciation for our history and the journey we still need to complete.

After this journey was completed, Churchill formally launch its plan to develop its Reflect Level RAP. In doing so, we need to define what Reconciliation means to us. Reconciliation aligns strongly with Churchill’s purpose of building a more prosperous and vibrant Western Australia, and through reconciliation Churchill can help create opportunities with us and our clients.

As we build our confidence, we expect our thinking on what reconciliation means to us to become more ambitious, but we recognise in the early phases we have a lot to learn, and there is a significant journey ahead for us as a business.

As we move closer to completing our Reconciliation Action Plan, this strategy will be built out in greater detail, and we look forward to providing you with more information as the strategy and our RAP are developed.

National Reconciliation Week this year is focused on the theme: Be Brave, Make Change.
Which is the challenge for all Australians, whether they are individuals, families, communities, organisations, and government. We need to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

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