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In 2022, our parent company, RGF Staffing APEJ, celebrated the endorsement of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - which followed on from 12 months of work by our RAP working party, comprised of representatives from all subsidiary businesses, including ahs hospitality. Through our RAP we have made commitments to a range of actions and initiatives that will enhance opportunities, build relationships and ensure the greatest levels of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We have expanded our focus on Indigenous employment, education and training, within a consistent framework that ensures that we continue to build on our reconciliation journey from our first Innovate RAP (2018- 2022).
As we approach National Reconciliation Week 2023, we at ahs hospitality wanted to embrace the theme of “Be a Voice for Generations”, committing to keeping up the momentum for reconciliation that we started with our RAP launch. We’ve spoken to some of the ahs hospitality leadership team and asked them what National Reconciliation Week means to them:
“National Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on the country’s past and come together as a community to make the necessary changes. It’s a time to reinforce relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous peoples so we can walk together equally”- Kirk Blair, General Manager QLD & NT
“National Reconciliation Week is a time for all of us to reflect on the shared histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a week that promotes reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and encourages respectful relationships and a deeper understanding of our country's past. “ - Brad Coelho, General Manager WA
"National Reconciliation Week is a reminder that we cannot change the past, but we can certainly reflect, learn and respect the future of our Indigenous People for the generations to come.“ - Justin Jones, General Manager, Business Development
And now we ask you to continue putting these insights into action. Head to the Reconciliation Australia website to see how you can be a voice for reconciliation. With only 3% of the Australian population identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, there is a lot of room for learning, listening, and support from the wider population.