A Safe, Inclusive Environment for All: My Goal for Any Reconciliation Effort
National Reconciliation Week has significant meaning for me, as an Indigenous person, because it signifies a strong message of remembering our history and recognising the accomplishments we, as a community, have achieved, leading up to who we are today.
This recognition is invaluable.
It provides an opportunity to highlight what is important to us as a community. We discuss our achievements, and our community comes together to share stories and individual journeys. These become expressions of our experiences and the challenges we have overcome to reach where we are today.
With greater awareness of our shared history, comes more impact, sustained discussion, and a deeper respect for First Nation perspectives. It means we can help to pave the way for a better Australia, together.
As for my own unique experiences with reconciliation efforts, I have attended workshops and classes to learn more about the history of Indigenous culture in my local area. I have also participated in events held to celebrate and recognise the Indigenous culture and the personal successes of many individuals in our community.
I make a conscious effort to engage in conversations with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. This allows me to better understand their perspectives on reconciliation. This helps us work together to create a more inclusive, understanding, and accepting social environment.
At Telstra Purple, where I am currently based, we strive to build an environment that encourages reconciliation. For example, we invite Indigenous employees to share their stories and culture regularly. Through internal Indigenous support and development groups of which I am a part, we celebrate the achievements of Indigenous employees, contributing to future success.
The work we do to support local Indigenous communities fuels my commitment to proudly work as an Indigenous man in the corporate arena.
I believe it is possible to create a safe, collaborative environment for everyone. One of the simplest ways to start is to establish a social group within an organisation that includes members from various departments and teams. This allows networks and friendships to develop, promotes knowledge sharing, and creates a sense of belonging for all.
If we want to create a safe, respectful environment for our customers, I believe it starts with honesty. We must be open about our values and demonstrate our commitment to supporting Indigenous organisations and communities. This builds confidence for others who choose to engage, assuring them of our genuine intentions and support.
Perhaps the most important thing to do is to initiate a conversation with any Indigenous person you know well. Let this be the foundation from which you work.
By gaining a better understanding of our culture and community, you can determine how best to contribute. Gradually, you can become part of the support system for our community and build trust. This helps Indigenous people realise that we are not alone in our pursuit of reconciliation and our vision for our people.
Curious about joining us? Keep an eye on the Telstra careers page for open roles.