NRW 2018: Don’t Keep History a Mystery
June 7, 2018
The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.
This year, all Australians are invited to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story. Each day during National Reconciliation Week, we highlighted important Indigenous people, history, and acheivements, with a company-wide communication campaign. From 27 May – 3 June, many Sodexo sites and offices around the country held their own NRW celebrations, reflecting on the history and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
We were privileged to have AFLW Melbourne Football Club’s Aliesha Newman visit the Melbourne support centre. As a young girl, Aliesha was inspired by female Australian sporting heroes Cathy Newman and Kyah Simon, women who pushed boundaries in sport, and paved the way for Aboriginal girls like Aliesha. Aleisha spoke candidly about her personal journey and the importance of reconciliation. She graciously fielded questions about her groundbreaking footy career and winning the AFLW ‘goal of the year’.
In the Perth support centre, former Fremantle Dockers star, Des Headland spoke about Reconciliation and the road ahead. A bush tucker inspired morning tea was provided by Kuditj, Perth’s only Indigenous owned and operated catering facility created in partnership with Sodexo and PEEDAC.
Sodexo encourages participation in NRW and supports the continued education and development of our employees to become increasingly aware, insightful and respectful of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures by engaging in these important events and activities.
Our commitment to Reconciliation is underpinned by our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan, which focuses on what we can do to build respect and value the culture of Australia’s First People. Our vision for Reconciliation is one in which our communities acknowledge and celebrate the proud heritage of Australia’s First People and promote opportunities for career development, sustainable business growth, and economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians within our sector.