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Voice. Treaty. Truth. How PeoplePlus is working towards a shared future

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PeoplePlus is proud to be getting involved for NAIDOC Week 2019

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week 2019 will be held nationally from Sunday 7 July and continue through to Sunday 14 July.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. Were three key elements being part of reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, representing the unified position of First Nations Australians.

At PeoplePlus, we are embracing and celebrating Indigenous culture by showcasing our involvement in the Indigenous community and how we are working to recognise the unique place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hold.

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for our team to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and for us, as an organisation to showcase the terrific work, we are doing with Indigenous Australians.

“Our organisation’s values include respect, integrity and commitment, and we take this into our work helping Indigenous Australians into work and training every day," " said PeoplePlus Australia Executive Chairman, Con Kittos.

Last year, our Maroubra Branch Manager won the Innovation in Indigenous Achievement Award at the NESA Awards for Excellence.

Malcolm was instrumental in his work for the East Coast Passage & Maritime Program, which saw 11 Indigenous men gain valuable hands-on training and experience while sailing along the East Coast of Australia.

Earlier this year, we shared the path to the employment of Indigenous job seeker Rodney who worked closely with PeoplePlus and our partners at Babana and Annecto in working through various barriers to secure employment.

As an additional celebration of NAIDOC Week, several PeoplePlus offices will be hosting smoking ceremonies - an Indigenous custom that uses native plants to produce smoke to ward off bad spirits and to create pathways for a brighter future.

The history of NAIDOC Week can be traced back to the 1920s when Aboriginal groups seeking to improve the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. NAIDOC – standing for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee - selects a theme each year to reflect the important issues faced by Indigenous Australians.

“We're proud to be investing our time and resources into the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

“We’ve established working relationships with community partners to create innovative methods of delivering jobs, skills and training for all Australians, with a keen focus on helping the Indigenous people of our country,” Mr Kittos said.

PeoplePlus backs its commitment to Indigenous people by investing in Indigenous-owned businesses across Australia. We do this by taking minority shareholding positions providing much-needed capital, business management expertise and back-office support to businesses that are majority Indigenous-owned.

To find out more about NAIDOC Week and how to get involved in your community, visit naidoc.org.au 

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