Creating workplace cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
As an Industry we know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the strength, resilience and solutions to the work we are doing.
But how do we create culturally safe spaces for our First Nations workforce to thrive at every stage of the employment lifecycle?
At our latest Workforce Innovation Network event our speakers shared stories, lessons learned, research and frameworks for your workplace journey.
Let’s walk together to create cultural safety in our workplaces and as an Industry.
Introduction and Acknowledgement of Country
Proud Yir Yorant woman and Boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) Regional Coordinator Cassie Brophy is our emcee for the event. She kicks off the event with an Acknowledgement of Country and an introduction.
Relationships Australia (Qld) Talent and Diversity Manager Ben Bolt
Ben Bolt is a proud Bundjalung man who has spent the last 10 years leading and managing Talent Acquisition and Diversity initiatives for organisations like Virgin Australia, SBS and Relationships Australia (QLD). His achievements have been to build and revitalise talent and diversity functions in values driven organisations that promote diversity and social cohesion. In 2022, Ben has been contributing to the Board of Multicultural Australia under an Observership program.
In this presentation Ben takes us through what it takes for workplaces to flex their muscles on their journey to cultural fitness.
Suggested reading from Ben:
- Productivity Commission’s Indigenous Evaluation Strategy
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- 2020 Closing the Gap Report
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Framework.
BLCW Regional Coordinator Cassie Brophy
Cassie Brophy is a proud Yir Yorant woman, living and working on the lands of the Darumbal People. Her background spans more than a decade in the community services industry. Her focus (and passion) is on enabling community services organisations and service providers to build and grow sustainable businesses within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Cassie sits on a number of local community network and business groups. She also leads the Small Business and Sole Trader Business Network.
Cassie takes us through her experiences in workplaces and insights on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to cultural safety in the workplace.
Cultural Inclusions Founder Cecelia See Kee
Cecelia is a leading multicultural trainer, communicator, and champion for Torres Strait Islander education and inclusion in the Community Services Industry. As Founder of Cultural Inclusions, she provides authentic and unique Torres Strait Islander Resources, Professional Learning and Educational Supports for the Sector.
Originally from Waiben, or Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait Islands, Cecelia has dedicated her career to supporting Inclusion and embedding these practices in the Community Services Industry for over 20 years. Cecelia has worked in a wide variety of Early Childhood Services, Educational Institutes, Registered Training Organisations, the Indigenous Professional Support Unit, Mura Kosker Family Wellbeing Program, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Unit, servicing Nationwide Programs and throughout the Torres Strait Islands.
Cecelia is passionate about sharing knowledge and Inclusive practices with others so that they learn how unique the Torres Strait Islander culture and its people really are.
Unfortunately Cecelia was unable to attend the event however she sent the following trailer for the Ailan Kastom documentary to provide insights into Torres Strait Islander culture to share with your team.
Q&A with Cassie and Ben
CSIA Industry Skills Advisor Jamie Brown facilitates questions for Cassie and Ben from attendees.
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