— 02/12/2024 —
Northwest is proud to launch our inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (Reflect RAP) following formal endorsement by Reconciliation Australia. This marks a significant milestone as we continue our commitment to recognition and reconciliation in Australia. Our Reflect RAP acknowledges and respects Australia’s First Nations peoples, demonstrating our ongoing efforts to foster inclusive and lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial.
Northwest acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, especially the lands on which we live and work, and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. Northwest also acknowledges the Rangatiratanga of Māori as Tangata Whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand. We pay our respects to all First Nations peoples and to Elders past, present and emerging.
Northwest’s global CEO, Craig Mitchell said: “Meaningful impact is at the heart of who we are at Northwest and what we do, and is cemented through our organisation’s purpose, identity and attributes. We are proud to be launching our inaugural Reflect RAP in Australia, an important first step in our reconciliation journey which will in turn, further support the country’s efforts towards achieving greater equity, opportunity and growth.”
Northwest’s Reflect RAP seeks to:
• Build baseline cultural knowledge and understanding with our staff in the region.
• Drive tangible, targeted actions with measurable benefits.
• Leverage our influence with community stakeholders, staff, construction partners, tenants and operating partners to improve reconciliation outcomes.
Northwest’s Co-Head A/NZ Region and Reflect RAP Executive Sponsor, Richard Roos said “This Reflect RAP is an important part of our business strategy. As a business our core principles include ‘people move us’ and ‘challenges make us’. We have much to learn and through open ears, hearts and minds look forward to working with Reconciliation Australia and engaging with First Nations peoples to build a deep knowledge, respect and understanding towards reconciliation.”
To bring our Reflect RAP to life and narrate the story of our reconciliation journey, we engaged T’Keyah Ware of the Antikirinya / Wirangu peoples, who has created an exquisite artwork which we have proudly displayed in our Melbourne office. The artwork illustrates Northwest’s journey towards reconciliation in both Australia and New Zealand and how Northwest seeks to embed Indigenous culture within our identity. The piece acknowledges the important role Northwest has as an owner, manager and developer of healthcare assets and precincts and the ambition to come together with First Nations to strengthen the relationship with Indigenous culture.
Northwest is particularly proud to be formally embarking on our reconciliation journey today on the anniversary of when former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to the Stolen Generation and Australia’s Indigenous peoples, on behalf of the Parliament of Australia. The National Apology has been considered a milestone step toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.