Certis Security Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week

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Certis Security Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week

15 June 2021

Certis Security Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week is an important time for all Australians as it helps the broader community to better understand and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

 

“More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.” 

 

That was the theme for Reconciliation Australia’s 2021 National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and at Certis Security Australia, we’re committed to continuing the reconciliation journey, playing our part by amplifying First Nations’ voices.

 

As such, we are pleased to share we have received conditional endorsement from Reconciliation Australia as we seek to finalise our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our joint venture with Corroboree Certis and our RAP will deliver services that better align with Indigenous values and beliefs. This will ensure Certis Security Australia is a more inclusive organisation for Indigenous Australians to work for and with.  

 

As part of our Reconciliation Week celebrations, we held various events across the country:  

    • The Sydney event was well attended by Certis staff including Chief Executive, Tom Roche, who reflected on the importance of increasing the presence of First Nations’ voices within the company. 
    • In Canberrathe event was held in collaboration with Corroboree Certisan Australian Supply Nation Organisation with over 40 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities. Our partnership with Corroboree makes job opportunities within the security sector more accessible for Indigenous AustraliansA Welcome to Country was performed by Dr. Matilda Williams House of the Ngambri-Ngunnawal family group and 2006 Canberra Citizen of the Year. Dr. House served on the first ACT Heritage Council and has been involved with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, the Queanbeyan Regional Council of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and the Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, and performed the first Welcome to Country to be held at the Australian Parliament at the opening of the 42nd Parliament of Australia.  
      The event was catered by local Indigenous businesses using native produce and included two Cultural Awareness training sessions, conducted by Dr. House and Colin Williams, Managing Director at Corroboree Certis.  

 

Other events took place in Newcastle and Brisbane, where employees got together to celebrate this important week and increase their knowledge of Indigenous heritage.   

The purpose of these events was to raise cultural awareness amongst our staff and guests. This saw everyone learn about the importance of recognising and respecting Indigenous Australian cultural heritage and the role it plays in modern Australia.  

 

As part of the events, attendees donated to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) to help young people in Australia’s most marginalised communities gain literacy skills 

“Certis Security Australia prides itself on being an all-inclusive organisation, which means our workforce is extremely diverse,” said Kevin Arapa, Assistant General Manager, Head of Business Process Transformation & Customer Experience and RAP Chair at Certis Security Australia. “This means we have a number of Indigenous Australians working with us, so celebrating Reconciliation Week and driving reconciliation across the community is extremely important. It gives us the opportunity to better connect with Australia’s heritage and build relationships with Indigenous communities.” 

 

“Certis’ commitment to the Indigenous community does not just hinge on Reconciliation Week,” said Colin Williams, Director at Corroboree Certis. “It is ever-present throughout the year, with increased awareness and events being driven in line with Reconciliation Week. Corroboree Certis was founded on the need to improve relations with Indigenous peoples and develop job opportunities for them, something we’ve been very successful at doing.”  

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