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Rebecca Haynes

The importance of acceptance starts in our own backyard

This is a very important week for all Australians as NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Its origins can be traced back to 1920s Aboriginal groups, who sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Australia is a nation of nations. But indigenous Australians are our First Nations people. They are the sovereign people of our land, the country we call home. As members of the community, we must be respectful of that truth. We are all migrants – whether first, second or fourth generation.

As a business that delivers language support to all members of the Australian community, the team at ezispeak felt it was incumbent upon us to extend this support to include indigenous languages for those in our communities who need access to essential services. It’s about treating everyone fairly, after all.

To deliver on this commitment, we commenced working on a number of initiatives which will not just help First Nations people, it will help our own people recognise the significance of embracing diversity, reconciliation and inclusion.  

To kick this initiative off, we have partnered with Telstra to support their First Nations Community Program which sees ezispeak provide indigenous language support for their First Nations Call Centre.

To continue our work in this important space, we are undertaking specific cultural awareness training for our people given the diversity in our workforce. We are also working towards creating new work opportunities for members of this community.

To help us accomplish our goals, ezispeak has partnered with Brendan Littlechild of IWC and Angivin Gunesehar of CBeyond to help ezispeak get it right when it comes to building a comprehensive ‘First Nations’ program which will touch every part of our business.

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