Insurer QBE will launch its refreshed Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), as well as host a number of initiatives to promote cultural understanding across all states and territories, as Australia celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this week.
The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week, “Because of her, we can!”, focuses on the invaluable contributions of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to their communities, families, history, and the nation.
“As one of Australia’s largest insurers of indigenous communities, refreshing our RAP is a strong symbol of our ongoing commitment to promote sustainable opportunities, in particular education and future employment pathways for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations, and businesses,” said Catherine McNair, QBE head of diversity and inclusion. “Change starts with a conversation, and NAIDOC Week is an excellent opportunity for QBE to continue to raise awareness and understanding of our shared history, reconciliation, and indigenous culture.”
As part of its NAIDOC Week itinerary, QBE will host guest aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers and performing artists, as well as discussion panels among QBE's own people at its offices across the country, with many of the sessions focusing on female aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers and artists in celebration of the theme.
The insurance giant said it will focus on its continued partnership with Jawun and support of Mission Australia’s social enterprise, Charcoal Lane, throughout NAIDOC Week.