International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan at the city’s inaugural Business Sydney First Nations Forum yesterday.
In 2018, ICC Sydney was the first convention centre to commit to a Reconciliation Action Plan and this next phase of work continues to build respect of, relationships with, and opportunities for Australia’s First Nations people.
Supported by a team committed to connecting, learning and sharing with its First Nations community, CEO, Geoff Donaghy said he is thankful to all of those who have assisted ICC Sydney along its reconciliation journey.
“We’d like to thank Reconciliation Australia, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, KARI Foundation, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Aunty Margret Campbell of Dreamtime Southern X, and Supply Nation, as well as the new goods and services providers joining our supply chain, for their counsel,” Donaghy said.
“Our vision for reconciliation is one where collaboration and partnership foster greater inclusion, opportunities and recognition for Australia’s First Nations people.
“That’s why events like Business Sydney’s First Nations Forum, which featured speakers such as Reconciliation Australia’s chief executive officer, Karen Mundine; City of Sydney councillor, Yvonne Weldon; Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce chairman and Nyungga Black group executive chairman, Warren Mundine AO; and KARI Foundation’s chief executive officer, Casey Ralph, are so important.
“As an iconic destination, which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation – on Tumbalong, the land, and Gomora, the water, what is known today as Darling Harbour – ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to foster and promote reconciliation.
“We are very proud to be located in this special place, where people have gathered to meet, trade and hold ceremonies for many tens of thousands of years, which is why we are committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations communities and through our event Legacy Program, we will continue to present First Nations culture to the thousands of visitors walking through our doors each year.”
Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said she looks forward to following ICC Sydney’s ongoing reconciliation journey after the launch of its second Reconciliation Action Plan.
“ICC Sydney’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan is an opportunity for the venue to strengthen existing and new connections that will become the lifeblood of its Reconciliation Action Plan commitments. By enabling and empowering staff to contribute to this process, ICC Sydney will ensure shared and cooperative success in the long-term,” Mundine said.
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council deputy chair, councillor Yvonne Weldon commended ICC Sydney on its capability to strengthen relationships between First Nations businesses and international and interstate visitors.
“Across this country, my people have come together to continue our traditions, practices and ceremonies for over 65,000 years and we are continuing to do this, with, in and alongside ICC Sydney,” Weldon said.
“As a prominent location for local and international visitors, ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to educate and inspire its audiences to connect with Australia’s First Nations. The initiatives that ICC Sydney has committed to across employment, economic development and cultural education are great examples of how the cultures, heritage and history of our First Peoples can be celebrated and continue to be widely promoted.
“I commend ICC Sydney on the grassroots approach it has taken to launch its second Reconciliation Action Plan under the Innovate framework and look forward to ongoing collaboration along our shared journey of Reconciliation, Respect and Reciprocity,” Councillor Weldon said.
ICC Sydney’s second Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates its commitment over a two year period to celebrate the cultures, protocols and traditions of Australia’s First Nations people. It expands upon established initiatives across four key areas of relationships, respect, opportunities and governance with several deliverables, including:
- Working with First Nations businesses and communities across Australia through its supply chains and community networks.
- Client and community stakeholder engagement via its Legacy Program
- Actively collaborating with vocational education providers and community partners to attract and develop First Nations employees.
- Increasing the cultural competency of its team members to deepen community understanding.