ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
In the spirit of reconciliation, the ARA recognises the critical role that First Nations peoples continue to play as Australia’s first traders, with a sophisticated network for trading paths that have enabled the exchange of goods, knowledge and culture over land and sea for millennia.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land that we live, learn and work on, recognise their connections to country, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
The ARA is currently developing its first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be released as soon it has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
The purpose of our plan is to outline the initiatives that we will implement to help build internal capability and start working towards our vision for reconciliation. We will initially focus on those things we can control ourselves but use our influence to increase awareness and action about reconciliation.
Click here for a one-page overview of the ARA’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
The ARA’s Reconciliation Action Plan aims to:
Outline our vision for reconciliation
Use our unique position in the sector to increase awareness about reconciliation
Establish mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups
Increase understanding and recognition of First Nations cultures, histories and knowledge
Create opportunities for First Nations employees, retailers and suppliers
Supporting the re-emergence of First Nations Traders
Part of our vision for reconciliation is that First Nations retailers will have equal opportunity to grow their businesses, to support and empower the re-emergence of First Nations traders. To help deliver on this vision, the ARA is offering 12 months free premium membership to Indigenous-owned retail businesses.
Click here to register for an information session with our membership team.
Incorporating a strong First Nations voice into the ARA
The ARA is inviting expressions of interest from current and new members to join the ARA’s Advisory Committee for First Nations Retailers, alongside 18 other committees that provide expert advice and guidance to the ARA. The committee will also provide networking and peer learning opportunities for First Nations retailers. Click here to submit your expression of interest.
Webinar: Empowering Indigenous Business
Join Laura Berry (CEO Supply Nation) in conversation with Paul Zahra (CEO ARA) talking about the rise of Indigenous-owned businesses, the positive role that these businesses play in First Nations’ communities across the country and the opportunity for retailers to improve supplier diversity. Click here
Report: Closing the First Nations Employment GapMinderoo Foundation’s Indigenous Employment Index distils insights from 42 leading Australian employers about the current state of play on employment and career pathways for First Nations employees, and outlines evidence-based solutions to drive Indigenous employment parity. More here
Toolkit: Raising awareness about reconciliation
Reconciliation Australia’s Share Our Pride toolkit provides helpful information about Australia’s First Nations peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and our shared history post-1788. The toolkit also breaks down myths and stereotypes and provides information about how to establish respectful relationships. More here.
Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan
Working in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia, the ARA will host a series of webinars providing information to members about how to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. We’ll also be establishing peer learning opportunities for like-minded retailers on their reconciliation own journeys. Register your interest here
The following ARA members have made their own commitments to reconciliation