IAG’s Second Reconciliation Action Plan launched at Yaama Dhiyaan
By Casey Hammond, 2014-2016 CareerTrackers Intern
Held at the Yaama Dhiyaan Training College in Redfern, the celebration opened with a warm and sincere Welcome to Country by a respected Elder of the Redfern Aboriginal Community, Aunty Donna Ingram.
Reconciliation Australia Deputy CEO, Karen Mundine, then took to the stage alongside IAG Indigenous Engagement Manger, Phil Lockyer, to discuss the importance of achieving Reconciliation in our country and what it means for future generations.
IAG MD and CEO Peter Harmer outlined IAG’s commitment to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“Today, I want to signal our intent that IAG will be a leader on Reconciliation,” he told the 100 attendees.
“We will accomplish this by harnessing the IAG spirit. We will be braver in our response to closing this gap – devoting our resources, expertise and passion to helping to achieve a future where our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities are empowered.
“We will act faster in helping to redress the imbalance that exists in our society. We will be proactive and decisive in executing our RAP commitments.
“We will forge even closer ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, individuals, and businesses to support their success.”
Finally, participants of IAG’s RAP initiatives, Jake Thomson (AIME), Jaymie Cross (IAG) and Anne-Marie Forrest (CareerTrackers), shared their personal experiences about how IAG has influenced and shaped their career path and goals. Anne-Marie spoke about how being an intern at IAG has benefitted both her personal and professional development.
The celebration ended with a beautiful performance by Microwave Jenny, husband and wife pop/folk/love duo Brendon and Tessa Boney.
IAG Reconciliation Steering Committee Chair Andy Cornish said: “As Australia’s largest general insurer, with deep connections to the communities in which we live and work, we have a huge opportunity to use our expertise and passion to help empower our Indigenous communities and make their worlds safer.
“Let’s work together to make IAG a leader on Reconciliation”.
Yaama Dhiyaan Training Centre specialises in training unemployed Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who want a career in the hospitality industry. Yaama Dhiyaan means “welcome friends and family” in the Yuwaalaraay language of the Gammillaroi people of north-west NSW.
You can view a short video played at the celebration which featured our accomplishments with our RAP partners CareerTrackers, AIME, Jawun, and NPY Women’s Council in Alice Springs. [here]
Our commitment to reconciliation was celebrated further on the 18th December 2015 at an onsite event in Melbourne.