Reconciliation - uniting different cultures

Jaimie Vincent Portrait

As a proud Wiradjuri woman, Jaimie Vincent draws strength from regularly connecting with country.

“Drawing on nature and the people that have walked before me to guide me back to a grounded and confident place to keep walking is something that means a lot to me,” Jaimie said.

As the Indigenous co-Chair of the JACS Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, Jaimie is passionate about sharing her culture and helping non-Indigenous colleagues to better understand the meaning of Reconciliation.

“There is a historical conflict between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, and reconciliation effectively aims to honour the importance of Indigenous culture in our day to day lives.

Acknowledging traditional land is just one example of honouring Indigenous culture.

“As non-Indigenous people, to acknowledge that you’re on traditional land is a massive thing because land was taken. So, when we start acknowledging historical injustice, we bring back to the forefront to go: I acknowledge this is your land, thank you for having me.”

Another way non-Indigenous people can get involved in reconciliation is to simply ask questions.

“Hearing people ask questions because they genuinely want to learn about the country they are on and who they are working alongside is great. To me, asking questions helps us to better understand each other and the role we can each play to achieve reconciliation.”

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated from 27 May to 3 June, with this year’s theme being “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”. It urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

“We all have a role to play in reconciliation and it is everyone’s business. Learning how to understand how to include Indigenous culture in the work you do is a great starting point, and create a richer, more inclusive workplace culture we can all draw strength from.”