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Commission's Commitment to Reconciliation Endorsed

Jul 9, 2014

Reconciliation Australia recently officially endorsed the Pilbara Development Commission’s Reconciliation Action Plan, reaffirming the organisation’s commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Pilbara.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Ken King said he was pleased to be notified of the endorsement coinciding with 2014 NAIDOC week.

“Ensuring Aboriginal people are engaged and benefitting from the Pilbara’s prosperity is identified as a key strategic goal for the Commission,” Dr King said.

“The Plan cements our commitment to improving connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and aids in creating meaningful opportunities and partnerships.”

As a State Government agency of Western Australia the Commission is committed to playing an integral role in helping to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The Commission’s Reconciliation Action Plan was developed in close consultation with numerous stakeholders including local Aboriginal community members.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make a significant contribution to the diversity and quality of the Pilbara,” Dr King said.

“The Pilbara is home to the world’s largest collection of petroglyphs and has arguably the country’s richest Indigenous arts and cultural heritage.

“It is crucial that we preserve, promote and celebrate this traditional culture while also supporting the growth and development of Aboriginal enterprise.”

The Commission is now better placed to enhance cultural understanding within the organisation and the wider Pilbara community, assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in achieving self-determination and equality in all jurisdictions.

(ENDS)

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