Now More Than Ever

Monday 27 May marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week 2024.

This year’s theme is ‘Now More Than Ever’, a reminder of the need for reconciliation and the power of connection amid conflicting and divisive times.

NACC NRM is committed to reconciliation, and recognises First Nations people hold unique knowledge and skills as the original natural resource managers of the Northern Agricultural Region. We deeply value our partnerships with local First Nations business owners and groups and are lucky to be able to support and learn from First Nations people and Traditional Owners. Reconciliation is a shared goal, which requires all Australians to take action; in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education, and in tackling racism.

“No matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue.” – Reconciliation Australia

We pay respect to all the Traditional Owners of the Yamatji Nation; the Amangu, Badimia, Hutt River, Mullewa Wadjari, Naaguja, Nhanda, Wadjarri, Wattandee, Widi and Wilunyu Nhanhagardi peoples. Together they are the traditional custodians of Yamatji Nation.

NACC NRM prioritises the increased engagement of First Nations people in natural resource management, applying Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to our programs wherever possible, and raising awareness of TEK to further empower First Nations people through training and vocational opportunities.

This National Reconciliation Week, on Wednesday 29 May, NACC NRM invited Jamie Strickland, CEO of Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation (WYAC) to join the team at the NACC NRM Enterprise Hub. Jamie is a Yamatji man with strong ties to Badimia, Wajarri, Yued, and Noongar country. The team heard from Jamie about his background working in different government roles, and how the support of his Aboriginal peers and mentors helped him to build confidence and advance in his career path. Jamie spoke about the importance of establishing meaningful relationships and connecting with others, and also gave us a run down on WYAC’s involvement in the exciting new SKA-Low telescope on Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

It was a great opportunity for the NACC NRM team to get to know Jamie after his appointment as CEO of WYAC in February of this year, and we extend a huge thank you to Jamie for sharing his time and his story.

For more information on National Reconciliation Week, check out Reconciliation Australia’s website.

NACC NRM is a member of the Commonwealth Regional Delivery Partnership panel and has delivered this activity with funding by the Australian Government Natural Heritage Trust.

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