What’s important now as a nation is to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to respect our peoples’ cultures and empower our prosperity.
This is what gets me out of the bed in the morning and inspires my work with Australian Unity. Providing high quality, culturally appropriate care for Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with a disability. The soul of a nation is how we treat our most vulnerable people.
Being one of the largest employers of Indigenous Australians across the aged care sector we are walking the talk when it comes to co-designing and delivering culturally appropriate services.
Supporting Indigenous enterprises that have a connection with community and promoting Indigenous socio-economic outcomes are of particular interest to our company. This year we will be driving a ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan, that has a strong focus on Indigenous economic empowerment.
We view our expenditure with Indigenous suppliers as a key way to directly support employment and economic development–particularly as Indigenous businesses are nine times more likely to employ an Indigenous person than a non-Indigenous business.
National Apology Day is an important moment in Australia’s history, it is a reference point from where we can concentrate and renew our efforts on progressing towards a brighter future for all Australians.
– Ken Markwell, Australian Unity Executive General Manager for Indigenous Services